Human Intelligence and Medical Illness: Assessing the Flynn Effect / Edition 1

Human Intelligence and Medical Illness: Assessing the Flynn Effect / Edition 1

by R. Grant Steen
     
 

ISBN-10: 1441900918

ISBN-13: 9781441900913

Pub. Date: 10/08/2009

Publisher: Springer New York

There is robust evidence that human intelligence, as measured by intelligence quotient or IQ, has been rising progressively for many years. This rise in IQ known as the Flynn Effect is neither subtle nor recent. Careful analysis of the scientific literature suggests that average human IQ is rising at a rate of about one point every two years and has been doing so

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There is robust evidence that human intelligence, as measured by intelligence quotient or IQ, has been rising progressively for many years. This rise in IQ known as the Flynn Effect is neither subtle nor recent. Careful analysis of the scientific literature suggests that average human IQ is rising at a rate of about one point every two years and has been doing so for at least half a century. If IQ tests are not renormed frequently, the average person in 100 years would be a genius by current standards. Human Intelligence and Medical Illness: Assessing the Flynn Effect is a rigorous evaluation of the roots of the Flynn Effect. Using recent behavioral sciences and medical research, this book tests every potential hypothesis that may explain the Flynn Effect and concludes that rising IQ is a result of improvements in public health, both in the United States and abroad. For example, 40 years ago in the United States, roughly 20% of inner-city children had environmental lead present in their bloodstream even at very low levels of lead exposure there are serious cognitive problems that result from lead exposure; full-scale IQ would likely increase by 7 points as average blood lead decreased. This book is the first to propose that the Flynn Effect is an education and public health issue and the first to suggest that global IQ can be substantially raised by medical interventions. This is an important message for anyone who does research in human cognition, because it describes in a systematic way major causes of cognitive impairment that have not been recognized previously. The book is intended for a university audience, including researchers, professors, and graduate students in psychology, education, public health, psychiatry, neuroscience, social work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441900913
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
10/08/2009
Series:
The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.24(d)

Table of Contents

Are People Getting Smarter?.- Human IQ and Increasing Intelligence.- Evolution and Increasing Intelligence.- Brain Development and Increasing Intelligence.- Environment and Increasing Intelligence.- Evidence of Physical Plasticity in Humans.- Evidence of Mental Plasticity in Humans.- Evidence of Language Plasticity in Humans.- Impact of Medical Illnes on Human IQ in the United States.- Impact of the Medical Illness on Human IQ Worldwide.- Medical Interventions for IQ Impairment.- Increasing IQ in the United States.- Increasing IQ and Social Justice.

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