What is intelligence?: beyond the Flynn effect

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 23, 2009 - Psychology - 259 pages
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Professor James Flynn is one of the most creative and influential psychologists in the field of intelligence. The 'Flynn Effect' refers to the massive increase in IQ test scores over the course of the twentieth century and the term was coined to recognize Professor Flynn's central role in measuring and analyzing these gains. For over twenty years, psychologists have struggled to understand the implications of IQ gains. Do they mean that each generation is more intelligent than the last? Do they suggest how each of us can enhance our own intelligence? Professor Flynn is finally ready to give his own views. He asks what intelligence really is and gives a surprising and illuminating answer. This book bridges the gulf that separates our minds from those of our ancestors a century ago. It is a fascinating and unique book that makes an important contribution to our understanding of human intelligence.

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User Review  - Bob Gustafson - Goodreads

This book is a summary of the work of James R. Flynn, his suggestions for future research (by others) and comments on the ideas of others, regarding Flynn's work. It is interesting. I was brought to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rossdavidh - Goodreads

There are few things more likely to provoke an emotional response than discussing IQ. It can get you labeled an elitist, a racist, or a jerk faster than just about anything short of wearing a swastika ... Read full review


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James R. Flynn is Professor Emeritus at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and a recipient of the University's Gold Medal for Distinguished Career Research. In 2007, the International Society for Intelligence Research named him its Distinguished Contributor of the Year. He has been Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford, Distinguished Visiting Speaker at Cornell, delivered the Stafford Little Lecture at Princeton, and been profiled in Scientific American. Professor Flynn has recently published his current views on race and IQ in Where Have All the Liberals Gone? Race, Class, and Ideals in America (Cambridge, 2008).

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