The General Factor of Intelligence: How General Is It?

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This edited volume presents a balanced approach to the ongoing debate of just how general the "general factor" of intelligence is. To accomplish this goal, the editors chose a number of distinct approaches to the study of intelligence—psychometric, genetic-epistemological, cognitive, biological, behavior-genetic, sociocultural, systems—and asked distinguished scholars to write from the standpoint of these approaches. Each approach comprises two chapters, one by a scholar leaning toward a view arguing for the greater generality of g, and the other by a scholar leaning toward a view arguing for the lesser generality of g. The scholars are not simply "for" or "against" these outlooks, rather they provide a more textured view of the general factor, attempting to explain it in psychological terms that are easily understandable.

Intended for psychologists in all areas, including clinical, consulting, educational, cognitive, school, developmental, and industrial-organizational, this book will also be of interest to educators, sociologists, anthropologists, and those interested in the nature of intelligence.

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Is there a general factor of intelligence that conditions all mental capabilities or is the human mind better understood as being the product of a multiplicity of intelligences? Sternberg and Grigorenko (both of the Department of Psychology, Yale U.) present an equal number of supportive and critical views in 16 contributions that discuss the question from psychometric, genetic-epistemological, cognitive, biological, behavior-genetic, sociocultural, and systems approaches. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805836752
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 520
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Psychometric Approach
1 Tracing Psychology's Invisible g[subscript iant] and its Visible Guards 3
2 g: A Diminutive General 19
3 Psychometric g: Definition and Substantiation 39
4 Practical Implications of General Intelligence and PASS Cognitive Processes 55
Pt. II Genetic-Epistemological Approach
5 General Intelligence: Measurement, Correlates, and Interpretations of the Cultural-Genetic Construct 87
6 Is There a General Factor of Cognitive Development? 117
Pt. III Cognitive Approach
7 g and Cognitive Element of Information Processing: An Agnostic View 151
8 A View From Cognitive Psychology: g - (G)host in the Correlation Matrix? 183
Pt. IV Biological Approach
9 General Intelligence: Cognitive and Biological Explanations 223
10 The Theory of Biological Intelligence: History and a Critical Appraisal 245
Pt. V Behavior-Genetic Approach
11 The Case for General Intelligence: A Behavioral Genetic Perspective 281
12 Other Than g: The Value of Persistence 299
Pt. VI Sociocultural Approach
13 g: Highly General and Highly Practical 331
14 Contextual Variability in the Expression and Meaning of Intelligence 381
Pt. VII Systems Approach
15 g: Knowledge, Speed, Strategies, or Working-Memory Capacity? A Systems Perspective 415
16 Beyond g: The Theory of Successful Intelligence 447
Author Index 481
Subject Index 499
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