Looking down on Human Intelligence: From Psychometrics to the Brain / Edition 1

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Overview

What is it about human brains that make some people more capable than others? In an authoritative and critical account, Professor Ian Dreary reviews historical, cognitive, and biological research on the foundations of human mental ability. Where most previous accounts of intelligence have examined how human mental ability can predict success in education, work, and social life, few books have taken as a starting point mental ability (and individual differences in intelligence), and attempted to see what factors could have influenced, and have even predicted mental ability. This book reveals what we know about the origins of intelligence. It describes research on genetic influences on intelligence, and evidence that has been obtained from biological studies, including examinations of 'brain size', event related potentials, and the recent profusion of studies involving functional brain imaging. Coupled with fascinating historical stories, the book provides a highly original and thought provoking guide to try and answer the age old question of why some people seem more clever than others.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198524175
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/23/2000
  • Series: Oxford Psychology Series, #34
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1. LITTLE g AND FRIENDS: An exposition of psychometric intelligence differences. The anatomy (or geography) of that which has to be explained
2. FOUR INTELLIGENT REDUCTIONISTS: Looking down on human intelligence from Socrates to Spearman
3. THE DISCRIMINATING MIND: Intelligence and sensory discrimination in the early twentieth century, and the more recent rise of joint experimental-differential approaches to human mental ability differences
4. VADE-MECUM: Desperately seeking a mental cytology
5. CAKE-SLICING: Cognitive reductionism with self-sufficiency
6. FASTER, SMARTER? Reaction times: raking around in cognitive psychology
7. QUICK ON THE UPTAKE: Inspection times: raking around in psychophysics
8. WISDOM FROM THE AGES: Slowing of speed of information processing is cognitive ageing?
9. WETWARE (with Peter G. Caryl and Alasdair J. MacLullich) Reaching for the brain: raking around in biological sciences
10. DEN FINGER IN DIE WUNDE LEGEN: Avoiding 'cargo cult science' and 'the glass bead game'
References
Index

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