Inventing Intelligence: How America Came to Worship IQ

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The use and misuse of IQ tests has long been a subject of contention in the scientific and social communities, particularly because these evaluations favor intelligence at the expense of other valuable human qualities. This is the first book of its kind to examine the historical development of our modern concept of intelligence and to explore America's fascination with the controversial exams that purport to measure it.


· A detailed assessment of the century-long debate over IQ tests and their uses

· Interdisciplinary content covering psychology, history, science, and sociology

· A collection of popular opinions of intelligence assessment from professionals, pundits, and politicians

· A chronological look at the concept of intelligence and at the process through which Americans have come to worship it

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Measurement of intelligence has resulted in individuals being judged on the basis of IQ results rather than on merit or personal achievement. Controversy abounds over America's cultural infatuation with IQ, which has long served to perpetuate social inequalities and place limits on an individual's aspirations.

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Elaine E. Castles, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and the author of "We're People First": The Social and Emotional Lives of Individuals with Mental Retardation.

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