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Intelligence: A Brief History

ISBN: 978-1-4051-0823-2
188 pages
September 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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Intelligence: A Brief History is a lively and accessible look at the origins of the field of intelligence. The book explores the nature and measurement of intelligence, examines approaches to teaching intelligence, and discusses individual and group differences in intelligence. Readers will receive an historical overview of the field as well as a good understanding of its major ideas.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures.


Chapter 1. The Nature of Intelligence.

Chapter 2. The Measurement of Intelligence.

Chapter 3. The Teaching of Intelligence.

Chapter 4. The Genetic and Environmental Bases of Intelligence.

Chapter 5. Group Differences in Intelligence.

Concluding Remarks.



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Author Information

Anna T. Cianciolo is the Senior Research Scientist at Global Information Systems Technology, Inc. in Champaign, IL and a former postdoctoral associate in the PACE Center at Yale University. Her current research focuses on individual differences in intellectual capability and their role in knowledge acquisition and the development of skilled performance.

Robert J. Sternberg is Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University and Director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise. He was the 2003 President of the American Psychological Association and is an internationally recognized authority in the field of intelligence and creativity and the author of over 1,000 journal articles, book chapters, and books.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • covers a wide range of topics in intelligence that are often excluded from mainstream presentations of intelligence researcy

  • explores the genetic and environmental bases of intelligence

  • discusses group differences in intelligence

  • examines the future of intelligence research in the areas of theory, measurement and instruction

  • covers signal theories, influential scholars and groundbreaking findings

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"This book surveys the history and measurement of intelligence through seven metaphors commonly used in the field: geographical (maps), computational, biological, epistemological, sociological, anthropological and systems. This treatment is extended through the chapters of the book dealing with measurement and discussions of the genetic and environmental bases of intelligence as well as group (sex and race) differences." The Scientific and Medical Network

"This book is, therefore, strongly recommended to all serious undergraduate or postgraduate students of intelligence or to anyone interested in the historical development of psychological constructs." Social Psychological Review, October 2005

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