The Rising Curve: Long-term Gains in IQ and Related Measures

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American Psychological Association, Jan 1, 1998 - Psychology - 415 pages
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Psychometricians have discovered a trend showing that IQ scores in children have shown a significant rise over the past 50 years, and scores between white and minority students are converging. This trend, dubbed the Flynn Effect after James Flynn, the social scientist who first documented it, is the focus of this book. Is it possible to compare IQ scores from one generation to the next? Which environmental factors most affect IQ? What kind of intelligence does psychometric tests actually measure? Leading experts in nutrition, psychometric research, sociology and cognitive, social and developmental psychology debate the source of the Flynn Effect, along with the much-discussed dysgenic hypothesis, made popular by Charles Murray in The Bell Curve. This should be useful to those who seek the latest scholarship on intelligence and its measure.

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