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IQ Testing 101 (Psych 101) 1st Edition

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"This book is fascinating reading and Dr. Kaufman's superb writing makes one feel he is in the room talking to you. He clarifies misconceptions around Intelligence and intelligent IQ testing with strong scientific evidence and extensive data and he lays to rest many controversial IQ issues He covers such critical issues as the role of heredity, social class and home environment on IQ....Psychologists, parents, educators and research scientists could all profit from reading this most important work by a master writer and thinker." -- Dr. Sara S Sparrow, PhD "Yale University Child Study Center" (07/01/2009)

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""Alan Kaufman's informal, accessible writing style never sacrifices precision. In ten short chapters, he provides an astonishing depth and breadth of information, including engaging personal anecdotes that offer fresh and revealing insights even for a very experienced professional in the field...""

--John O. Willis, EdD
Rivier College

"""Alan Kaufman has a knack for teaching complicated psychological constructs in a way that is simultaneously sophisticated and easily understood. In "IQ Testing 101, " he applies this gift masterfully to the complex, controversial field of intelligence testing....If you want to know about intelligence testing-real IQ testing, not pop culture tests from the web or magazines, this is the book to read."""

-Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD
Texas A&M University

  • Does your IQ really measure your intelligence?
  • Is IQ genetic?
  • Can your IQ vary?
  • Do we get smarter or dumber as we get older?
  • How will IQ tests be different in the future?

Dr. Kaufman, a leading expert on the development of IQ tests, explores these critical questions and many more in "IQ Testing 101." This book provides a brief, compelling introduction to the topic of IQ testing-its mysteries, misconceptions, and truths.

This newest edition to the popular Psych 101 Series presents a common-sense approach to what IQ is and what it is not. In lucid, engaging prose, Kaufman explains the nature of IQ testing, as well as where it came from, and where it's going in the future. A quick, fun, even enlightening read, not only for psychologists and educators, but for anyone interested in the study of intelligence.

The Psych 101 Series

Short, reader-friendly introductions to cutting-edge topics in psychology. With key concepts, controversial topics, and fascinating accounts of up-to-the-minute research, The Psych 101 Series is a valuable resource for all students of psychology and anyone interested in the field.


""In IQ Testing 101, Alan Kaufman gives a well thought out, articulate account of the historical development of intelligent IQ testing. It provides non-expert readers, like me, with a better understanding of IQ and its important clinical ramifications. Kaufman's engaging style of presentation makes you feel as if you are in the thick of this important field of inquiry...""

--Jeffrey W. Kirsch, PhD
Executive Director
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

""This impressive book is replete with meaningful material, wonderful anecdotes, excellent examples, profound truths, and solid empiricism, backed an abundance of clinical experience....This volume provides an outstanding introduction and a great refresher for readers interested in the topic of intelligence and its assessment.""

--Bruce A. Bracken, PhD
The College of William & Mary

""Professor Kaufman has made this remarkably accessible for all readers by using a personal journey of discovery style. So, whether you are a clinical psychologist or an interested lay person, 101 will tell you everything you wanted to know about IQ testing; don't be afraid to read it.""
--Thomas Dillon, PhD
Group Senior Vice President retired
Science Applications International Corporation

""Dr. Kaufman's superb writing makes one feel he is in the room talking to you....Psychologists, parents, educators and research scientists could all profit from reading this most important work by a master writer and thinker.""
--Sara S. Sparrow, PhD
Yale University Child Study Center

""Kaufman provides an outstanding look at the field of intelligence and intelligence testing in a manner that is understandable and at the same time very sophisticated....with a marvelous mixture of science, good sense, his own experience as a test developer, and a dose of humor.""
--Jack A. Naglieri, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Devereux Center for Resilient Children

"""IQ Testing 101" is a must read for anyone (including IQ test administrators) looking for a clear, erudite, thought provoking, even entertaining introduction to the important issues surrounding IQ including the definitions, measurements, and development of human intelligence. So much is at stake with IQ testing and these ideas cannot be ignored. ""
--Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD (unrelated)
Yale University, Dept of Psychology
Co-Editor of "The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence" (with Robert J. Sternberg)

"""[T]his book will find its way into many college syllabi, not only because of the depth and breath of its coverage, but because of the wonderful way in which Dr Kaufman is able to make a difficult, often misunderstood topic so clear and thoroughly enjoyable."" "
--Ron Dumont, EdD, NCSP
Director of the Masters and Doctoral Programs in School Psychology
Fairleigh-Dickinson University

""This essentially tiny volume manages to cover the history of intelligence measurement, genetic versus environmental sources of intelligence, controversial issues in psychometrics and usage, summaries of research on cognitive profiles of specific populations, the future of the IQ construct, and measurement of cognitive abilities in general. To get that much perspective into such small print space requires an experienced and objective author and Alan Kaufman manages the task very well.""

Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, Ed.D., NCSP, ABPdN
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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Product Details

  • Series: Psych 101
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company; 1 edition (July 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826106293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826106292
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"IQ Testing 101" is not a book about how to administer IQ tests, and it's certainly not about how to take them. Rather, it's a detailed, authoritative examination of the history of efforts to measure intelligence, how changing theories of intelligence have affected testing, and what the results of intelligence research suggest about heritability, aging, the "Flynn Effect," and other "hot topics." Since the author worked with the IQ-testing giant David Wechsler and is himself the creator of several widely used intelligence tests, he is able to invest the book with an engaging personal tone that keeps all the explanations of methodologies and data from becoming dry (it also helps that he's a superior writer).

One of my favorite aspects of the book was the great number of research studies that Kaufman summarizes, giving the reader a deep as well as broad understanding of the experimental findings that underlie the various positions on intelligence-related issues. As a true scientist, he not only focuses on research that comports with his own leanings, but also brings adverse findings to our attention. In that respect, the book is a high-level survey of the literature on a wealth of intelligence-related topics.
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I think this is an excellent book to be read by any new psychologist who is just learning to assess people with an individually administered intelligence test. I benefited from reading it, and I have had many years experience. It helped to bring me up to date on more recent developments in the theory associated with intelligence testing. For instance, it explains CHC theory and its impact on test development and interpretation. It destroys the myth that there is something intrinsic called IQ that resides in each person's brain. It addresses the issue of errors of measurement and explains the sources of variability with IQ testing. It defends the use of IQ tests for assessing learning disabilities, and other important school school and clinical decisions. It criticizes the application of bad research and theory to societal decisions, for instance the extensive regulation prohibiting the use of lead based paint.This book, written by a sophisticated test developer, is appropriate for the interested layman, as well as the practicing professional psychologist, and is easy to read.
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I honestly don't know where to start. This begins as a splendidly thorough, articulate, informed, "insider" narrative about the development of IQ testing. Within the story you get remarkable insights into what intelligence could, should, and might possibly mean as well as explicit, data-based information on all the controversial aspects of IQ and its measurement. It also ends up providing some incredible training in research methods, but in a way that seems relevant and painless. Along the way it becomes more and more personal, until there's a camaraderie with the reader that shows a great deal of warmth. By the time most baby boomers (or their children!) reach the chapter on IQ and aging, I would bet they'd find the conclusions a heartfelt, realistic relief.
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