What do we really know about exceptional thinking ability?

A Listmania! list by Todd I. Stark "Cellular Wetware plus Books" (Philadelphia, Pa USA)
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The list author says: "Particularly good books about human intellectual exceptionality, intelligence, and genius. I don't have any books here that specifically focus on creativity, and the omission is deliberate because I think that is an important and somewhat different way to look at thinking. I also don't focus very much here on the literature of expertise, because the focus of this list is the things that make people different rather than the common mechanisms for how they become better at things. The list starts with the historical baseline that is important to know about because it is all too often abused and misunderstood. That is, the literature of intelligence measurement and IQ. The list then gives more comprehensive accounts and alternate perspectives on how exceptional ability is developed and manifested."
IQ and Human Intelligence
1.  IQ and Human Intelligence by N. J. Mackintosh
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  "This seems to be the single best review of the primary research literature on psychometric testing for intelligence currently available.  Very clear presentation.  This would probably be your best starting place to learn in depth about what IQ really means and how it is measured."
$65.83   Used & New from: $18.43
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Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction
2.  Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction by Ian J. Deary
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  "Part of a very good series on capsule summaries of complex topics.  If you don't have time to devote to the larger and more technical books, this would be a good alternative to get a general overview of the important topics."
$8.21   Used & New from: $0.82
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

IQ Testing 101 (Psych 101)
3.  IQ Testing 101 (Psych 101) by Alan S. Kaufman
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  "Less comprehensive than Mackintosh but a very good overview of the principles and issues associated with psychometric intelligence testing."
$28.80   Used & New from: $12.44
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology)
4.  The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology) by Scott Barry Kaufman
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  "Great for a broader research-based perspective on the ways intelligence is manifested."
$69.56   Used & New from: $63.90
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Terman's Kids: The Groundbreaking Study of How the Gifted Grow Up
5.  Terman's Kids: The Groundbreaking Study of How the Gifted Grow Up by Joel N. Shurkin
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  "Revealing story of the most famous attempt to follow the fates of exceptional children and what happens to them as they grow up."
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What Is Intelligence?: Beyond the Flynn Effect
6.  What Is Intelligence?: Beyond the Flynn Effect by James Robert Flynn
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  "The discoverer of the effect that IQ shifts over generations offers his thoughts on what it means."
$18.89   Used & New from: $10.74
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

How Intelligence Happens
7.  How Intelligence Happens by John Duncan
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  "Exploring the findings from cognitive neuroscience on how the brain actually produces what we think of as intelligence."
$18.00   Used & New from: $9.95
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What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought
8.  What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought by Keith E. Stanovich
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  "Another perspective broadening book, specifically focused on the gaps left when we try to capture intelligence with psychometric tests."
$20.64   Used & New from: $14.75
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Looking Down on Human Intelligence: From Psychometrics to the Brain
9.  Looking Down on Human Intelligence: From Psychometrics to the Brain by Ian J. Deary
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  "An interesting research-based search for the roots of what makes some people seem more capable thinkers than others."
$185.25   Used & New from: $84.07

The IQ Controversy, the Media and Public Policy
10.  The IQ Controversy, the Media and Public Policy by Mark Snyderman
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  "A detailed review of expert opinion compared with media portrayals of ideas regarding intelligence and intelligence testing.  Shows very clearly that journalists have consistently not represented the opinions of experts accurately regarding intelligence research because of political bias."
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Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence
11.  Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence by David Perkins
The list author says:
  "A very good summary of the different dimensions of ability, divided into experience-based, neural/structural, and strategic/metacognitive dimensions, with a useful literature review and background of each.  I especially like Perkins' original approach to distinguishing and related these dimensions and his expansion of the concept of expertise to a navigational model."
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The Nature and Nurture of Giftedness: A New Framework for Understanding Gifted Education (Education and Psychology of the Gifted Series) (Education & Psychology of the Gifted)
12.  The Nature and Nurture of Giftedness: A New Framework for Understanding Gifted Education (Education and Psychology of the Gifted Series) (Education & Psychology of the Gifted) by David Yun Dai
The list author says:
  "I haven't read this yet, but it gets a very high recommendation from Scott Barry Kauffman whose evaluation I highly respect."
$56.70   Used & New from: $44.50

International Handbook of Giftedness and Talent, Second Edition
13.  International Handbook of Giftedness and Talent, Second Edition by K. A. Heller
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  "Leading experts in the study of exceptional ability share their research."
$356.25   Used & New from: $188.82

The Development of Giftedness and Talent Across the Life Span
14.  The Development of Giftedness and Talent Across the Life Span by Frances Degen Horowitz
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  "Up to date research on exceptionality, which also contains current and valuable information about the role of intelligence and various other kinds of testing in the underlying research."
$44.96   Used & New from: $36.99

Genius 101 (Psych 101)
15.  Genius 101 (Psych 101) by Dean Keith Simonton
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Gifted Children: Myths And Realities
16.  Gifted Children: Myths And Realities by Ellen Winner
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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
17.  Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
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  "Dweck's research on the role of beliefs and attitudes about ability.  This is a very crucial and often missed aspect of ability itself, especially as it develops over our lifetime."
$9.50   Used & New from: $5.50
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The Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise
18.  The Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise by Robert J. Sternberg
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Surpassing Ourselves: An Inquiry Into the Nature and Implications of Expertise
19.  Surpassing Ourselves: An Inquiry Into the Nature and Implications of Expertise by Carl Berieter
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  "1993 book that remarkably foreshadows the importance of social knowledge as well as the critical importance of metacognition, impressionistic knowledge, and reinvestment of cognitive surplus that have become increasingly important topics to human intellectual ability."
$31.50   Used & New from: $7.99
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Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined
20.  Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined by Scott Barry Kaufman
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  "Very rich and detailed coverage of intelligence research, full of useful insights, and an expansion of the concept from the individual differences model to a personal developmental model."
$22.22   Used & New from: $10.24
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The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice
21.  The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice by Scott Barry Kaufman
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  "State of the art edited collection on what it takes to excel, going well beyond simplistic arguments about nature vs. nurture."
$71.25   Used & New from: $47.69

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