Myths of Intelligence: Mind, Race and Genes

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Repairing the broken link between intelligence tests and scientific theories of intelligence, this volume provides much-needed advocacy of intelligence testing, re-establishes its bona fides in the broader scientific framework, and debunks common myths about intelligence – including racial ones.

  • Re-establishes the link between intelligence testing and broader theories of intelligence
  • Proposes a scientific basis for understanding human intelligence
  • Demonstrates the value of closer ties between intelligence research, neuroscience, and developmental and evolutionary psychology
  • Debunks a number of common myths, including genetic bases for racial differentials in intelligence

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Recasting the broken link between intelligence tests and scientific theories of intelligence, this volume provides much-needed advocacy of intelligence testing and re-establishes its credentials in the broader framework of psychology and developmental theory. The author advances a scientific understanding of human intelligence essential to the rehabilitation of intelligence testing. Directly confronting the many abuses of IQ testing in an effort to persuade the scientific community that a serious approach to the phenomenon of intelligence is worth the effort, Myths of Intelligence shows that problems with the science of intelligence, and with intelligence testing itself, have evolved from the same starting point – the disjuncture between intelligence tests and theories of intelligence.

In the process of reconciling intelligence testing practice with intelligence theories, Anderson debunks a host of common myths, including ideas that intelligence tests merely measure social advantage; that there is no evidence for genetic influences on differences in intelligence; and that racial differences in intelligence are genetically based. He makes a persuasive case that taking theories of intelligence seriously fosters a closer integration of intelligence research, modern neuroscience, and developmental and evolutionary psychology.

About the Author:

Mike Anderson is the Dean of the School of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch, and was previously the Winthrop Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia, and Director of the School’s Neurocognitive Development Unit. Anderson’s core research interests are in developmental psychology, and particularly in the mechanisms underlying individual differences and developmental changes in intelligence. He is the editor of The Development of Intelligence (1999) and author of Intelligence and Development: A Cognitive Theory (Blackwell, 1992).

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