Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Feb 22, 2001 - Psychology - 148 pages
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People value their powers of thinking and most of us are interested in why some people seem to drive a highly tuned Rolls Royce brain while others potter along with a merely serviceable Ford Fiesta. This Very Short Introduction describes what psychologists have discovered about how and why people differ in their thinking powers. The book takes readers from no knowledge about the science of human intelligence to a stage where they are able to make judgements for themselves about some of the key questions about human mental ability differences. Each chapter deals with a central issue that is both scientifically lively and of considerable general interest, and is structured around a diagram which is explained in the course of the chapter. The issues discussed include whether there are several different types of intelligence, whether intelligence differences are caused by genes or the environment, the biological basis of intelligence differences, and whether intelligence declines or increases as we grow older. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #39)

User Review  - Tuncay Tekle - Goodreads

An excellent read on how cognitive abilities are measured, how they vary on different factors, and what they affect. Beautifully written by a leading researcher in the field for the non-specialist. Another gem in the 'very short introduction' series by Oxford. Read full review

Review: Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #39)

User Review  - Usfromdk - Goodreads

The book added very little to what I already knew, and the coverage isn't very detailed. If you've never read anything about this topic it may be a good place to start, but I obviously was not in the target group. Read full review

About the author (2001)

Ian Deary is Professor of Psychology at Edinburgh University, and author of Personality Traits (1998, with Gerald Matthews). His next book, Looking Down on Human Intelligence, will be published this year by OUP.

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