Intelligence and Human Abilities: Structure, Origins and Applications (Psychology Focus)

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Psychological research into human intelligence and abilities presents us with a number of difficult questions:

  • Are human abilities explained by a single core intelligence or by multiple intelligences?
  • How should abilities be assessed? With tests unlike the problems which people normally have to solve, or with practical problems closer to those encountered in life, school and work?
  • Do ability tests predict how a person will behave? If so, can they predict whether a person will succeed at school and at work?

Intelligence and Human Abilities critically evaluates research evidence from the past 100 years to consider these and other issues. It shows that, despite the apparent contradictions in this research, the evidence in fact supports one coherent model, a fact which has clear implications for researchers, educators and test-users.

This clear and engaging text provides an up-to-date evaluation of what the empirical evidence tells us about the number, nature and origins of human abilities. It will be essential reading for students and practitioners of psychology and education, and also for users of ability tests such as applied psychologists and personnel managers.

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Intelligence and Abilities explores how and why humans differ in how well they can solve problems. The book considers how research from the past 100 years bears on several key debates about human abilities:

  • The definitions of ‘ability’ and ‘intelligence’
  • How many distinct abilities are there and how do they interrelate?
  • Are tests of abstract reasoning useful? Are everyday-problem solving skills and emotional intelligence more important?
  • What factors explain why people vary in their ability to solve problems?

The book also reviews a wide range of evidence examining links between abilities and health, education, and performance in the workplace, examining how and why scores on ability tests are related to performance at school and work.

The second edition of Intelligence and Abilities provides a clear, engaging and up-to-date evaluation of what the empirical evidence tells us about the number, nature and origins of human abilities. It will be essential reading for students and practitioners of psychology and education, and also for users of ability tests such as applied psychologists and personnel managers.

About the Author:

Colin Cooper was until recently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Queen's University Belfast, UK.

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