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IQ and Human Intelligence [Paperback]

by Nicholas Mackintosh
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Book Description

May 12, 2011 0199585598 978-0199585595 2
The question 'What is intelligence? ' may seem simple to answer, but the study and measurement of human intelligence is one of the most controversial subjects in psychology. For much of its history, the focus has been on differences between people, on what it means for one person to be more intelligent than another, and how such differences might have arisen, obscuring efforts to understand the general nature of intelligence. These are obviously fundamental questions, still widely debated and misunderstood. New definitions of intelligence and new factors affecting intelligence are frequently being described, while psychometric testing is applied in most large industries.

IQ and Human Intelligence provides a clear, authoritative overview of the main issues surrounding this fascinating area, including the development of IQ tests, the heritability of intelligence, theories of intelligence, environmental effects on IQ, factor analysis, relationship of cognitive psychology to measuring IQ, and intelligence in the social context. The clear, accessible style and numerous explanatory boxes make this the ideal text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in psychology.

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Review from previous edition: "Mackintosh's new book is to be welcomed: it is comprehensive, up-to-date, well-informed, critical, and manages to offer a balanced introduction to the study of intelligence." --Swiss Journal of Psychology, v.59 no.3, Sep. 2000

About the Author

Nicholas Mackintosh is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Experimental Psychology, Cambridge University, having been Head of the Department from 1981 to 2002, and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society since 1987 and has been Visiting Professor at the Universities of Pennsylvania, California (at Berkeley), Hawaii, New South Wales, Bryn Mawr College, Universite de Paris (Sud), and Yale University. He has authored several books, including The Psychology of Animal Learning, Conditioning and Associative Learning , and Cyril Burt: Fraud or Framed.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (May 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199585598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199585595
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best on Its Subject 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, unbiased, and well-written book April 14, 2013
Dr. Mackintosh does a great job throughout IQ and Human Intelligence of presenting both sides to the argument and providing enough research details to allow readers to make their own conclusions of the implications of various studies. The book was relatively comprehensive, with the exception that, I think, it would be interesting to see some research on whether certain intense IQ improvement techniques are effective. At any rate, I learned a lot of very interesting information from the book. Quality writing and analysis throughout.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read 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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