Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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People value their powers of thinking and most of us are interested in why some people seem to drive a highly tuned Rolls Royce brain while others potter along with a merely serviceable Ford Fiesta. This Very Short Introduction describes what psychologists have discovered about how and why people differ in their thinking powers. The book takes readers from no knowledge about the science of human intelligence to a stage where they are able to make judgements for themselves about some of the key questions about ...
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Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction

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Overview

People value their powers of thinking and most of us are interested in why some people seem to drive a highly tuned Rolls Royce brain while others potter along with a merely serviceable Ford Fiesta. This Very Short Introduction describes what psychologists have discovered about how and why people differ in their thinking powers. The book takes readers from no knowledge about the science of human intelligence to a stage where they are able to make judgements for themselves about some of the key questions about human mental ability differences. Each chapter deals with a central issue that is both scientifically lively and of considerable general interest, and is structured around a diagram which is explained in the course of the chapter. The issues discussed include whether there are several different types of intelligence, whether intelligence differences are caused by genes or the environment, the biological basis of intelligence differences, and whether intelligence declines or increases as we grow older. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191579493
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 2/22/2001
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,257,289
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Ian Deary is Professor of Psychology at Edinburgh University.

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Table of Contents

Preface List of illustrations A word about correlation
1. To see 'g' or not to see 'g': How many types of intelligence are there?
2. Ageing and intelligence - senility or sagacity? What happens to mental abilities as we grow older?
3. Brainy? Why are some people cleverer than others?
4. 'They **** you up your Mum and Dad': Are intelligence differences a result of genes or environments or both?
5. The (b)right man for the job: Does intelligence matter?
6. The lands of the rising IQ: Is intelligence changing generation by generation?
7. Twelve angry men: Getting experts to agree about human intelligence differences Further reading Index

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

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    An excellent introduction

    There isn't a single area of Psychology that elicits as much contention as the area of psychometrics. To a certain degree this is understandable, since no one wants to be told that she is not as bright as someone else, no matter how true or obvious it might be. However, of all brunches of Psychology, psychometrics has the greatest predictive power. Within the professional community many of the general aspects of intelligence are very well understood and appreciated. This VSI book is an excellent introduction to this fascinating field. It covers all the major aspects of the Intelligence research and gives directions for further reading. The style of the book is very accessible without being dumbed-down (this is not another one of those "For Dummies"-styled books). If you are serious about finding out more about what scientist know about intelligence, this would be an excellent starting point for you readings. Overall, this is a wonderful little book.

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