IQ and Human Intelligence 1st Edition

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"Now N. J. Mackintosh, a distinguished animal-learning theorist having considerable psychometric experience and no aversion to tackling difficult and controversial issues, weighs in with his own views [on the g factor]. IQ and Human Intelligence demonstrates that he has done his homework. . . . Mackintosh's analysis of purported environmental influences on intelligence is one of the most thoughtful in the literature. . . . One of the great strengths of this book is its treatment of cognitive science research relevant to understanding intelligence. Mackintosh's mastery of the empirical findings, their possible interpretation, and contemporary theory is impressive. . . . The scientific study of human intelligence was for a long time primarily an applied activity focused on measurement . . . [Now it] has become a major theoretical enterprise. [This book] is a superb introduction to the current status of both facets of this important and fascinating endeavor."--Science


"This book provides an overview of the main issues around the study of intelligence, including the mdoern development of IQ testing, environmental and hereditary effects on intelligence, factor analysis, and theories of intelligence. It also looks at different kinds of intelligence, such as verbal and spatial abilities, and reasoning and problem solving. Mackintosh (psychology, U. of Cambridge) incorporates explanatory boxes and chapter summaries making this a useful text for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in psychology."--Reference & Research Book News


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N.J. Mackintosh is at Cambridge University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019852367X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198523673
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.1 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,926,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Karl M. Bunday on June 22, 2003
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Masterful survey of the latest theoretical and experimental literature on the measurement of human intelligence at all levels from the sensorimotor to the cognitive. Very balanced discussion of controversial issues and superb bibliography. Mackintosh's thoughtful use of diagrams and tables of numerical data in addition to carefully phrased verbal explanations suggests that he is a whole-brain learner and is very helpful in aiding the reader's understanding of complicated issues. This book sets the new standard for general textbooks about IQ testing and has been adopted for the IQ testing course at several top universities. Every person who has ever paid for an IQ test or decided how to educate someone based on an IQ test should read this book at the earliest opportunity.
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17 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2000
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Mackintosh admits in the preface that he will not try to hide his opinions. And he doesn't, not on topics as controversial as the heritability of intelligence and racial differences in IQ scores. (Whether his conclusions are correct is, of course, up to the reader to decide.) His constant aim to search for data behind all claims will greatly serve students (and professors) who read the book, especially in a time when evidence is ignored in favor of political propaganda.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Journeyman on February 16, 2014
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I used the previous edition of this book for a college course I teach, and I was going to use this version also, but the print is so small I just can't read it.
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20 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Chris Brand on April 27, 2006
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CAMBRIDGE PSYCHOLOGY SUPREMO DARES NOT MENTION The g Factor

The long-expected work on IQ from the Professor of Psychology at Cambridge, Nicholas J. Mackintosh, has now appeared in bookshops (IQ and Human Intelligence, Oxford University Press, 1998, ?UK20). Anything new? Nothing at all!

Mackintosh's environmentalism consists in grabbing at the lifebelt tossed by James Flynn: something environmental must have been going on even though no-one knows what it was and even though a full range of individual differences in IQ has persisted.

Mackintosh doesn't reckon that IQ correlates at more than -.50 with Inspection Time or at more than -.30 with Reaction Time. -- Hardly surprising when most of the research Mackintosh uses involves only testees of above-average IQ! (Mental speed is a less important determinant such IQ variance as remains in studies dominated by university-level subjects.)

What about breaking up the g factor? Well, this is much to be desired, thinks Mackintosh. But when it comes to the details, he loses his nerve: 'social intelligence' in particular proves too much for him; so, while happy to think that 'spatial ability' might count for a bit more than at present, Mackintosh goes little further than acknowledging Cattell's distinction between 'fluid' and 'crystallized' intelligence.

Nor does arch-ratman Mackintosh have any educational proposals to show for his years of poking around in IQ. Merely, more research is necessary....
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Taylor on August 28, 2006
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Basically to the point. I highly recommend this book for those interested in the basics of IQ analysis.

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