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Vocabulary and general intelligence

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 December 2002

Arthur R. Jensen
Affiliation:
School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1670 nesnejanda@aol.com

Abstract

Acquisition of word meanings, or vocabulary, reflects general mental ability (psychometric g) more than than do most abilities measured in test batteries. Among diverse subtests, vocabulary is especially high on indices of genetic influences. Bloom's exposition of the psychological complexities of understanding words, involving the primacy of concepts, the theory of mind, and other processes, explains vocabulary's predominant g saturation.

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