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Debunking 35 Myths about Human Intelligence

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  • Date Published: October 2020
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108717816
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  • Emotional intelligence is an important trait for success at work. IQ tests are biased against minorities. Every child is gifted. Preschool makes children smarter. Western understandings of intelligence are inappropriate for other cultures. These are some of the statements about intelligence that are common in the media and in popular culture. But none of them are true. In the Know is a tour of the most common incorrect beliefs about intelligence and IQ. Written in a fantastically engaging way, each chapter is dedicated to correcting a misconception and explains the real science behind intelligence. Controversies related to IQ will wither away in the face of the facts, leaving readers with a clear understanding about the truth of intelligence.

    • Highlights the severe mismatch between popular beliefs about intelligence/IQ and the scientific research on the topic
    • Gives non-experts a firm understanding of intelligence
    • Shows how the willingness of people to deny the existence of intelligence and/or its importance in everyday life is harmful
    • Outlines why intelligence matters and the importance of acknowledging IQ differences
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    ‘If I was King of the World, everyone would have to read this book. Those in the social sciences and education would have to read it twice. In the course of debunking myths, readers incidentally learn the truth about human intelligence. Even those who know intelligence research thoroughly will find this book worthwhile.' Douglas K. Detterman, Louis D. Beaumont University Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio

    ‘This book systematically explains and then destroys 35 common myths about intelligence with some of the most compelling findings ever established in psychological research. I'd recommend it to students, educators, and anyone who ever wondered about what intelligence is and where it comes from. It should be required reading for every college major.' Richard J. Haier, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Irvine, USA, and author of The Neuroscience of Intelligence

    ‘Russell T. Warne has performed an admirable feat of scholarship. Press a copy of his book into the hands of anyone you know who is in a position to influence public understanding and opinion.' James Lee, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

    ‘Read this book and take a thought-provoking journey through human intelligence. The author shatters many misconceptions people have about intelligence and reveals the unvarnished truth with compassion and clarity. This book is a ‘must' for transformational leaders seeking to better understand the role of intelligence in education and society at large.' Joyce E. Juntune, Instructional Professor of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University

    ‘In the Know is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about the fascinating science of human intelligence.’ Noah Carl, The Critic

    ‘A must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about the fascinating science of human intelligence.' Noah Carl, The Critic

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    27th Dec 2020 by APNauta

    This is a necessary book for everyone who is interested in intelligence and using the concept in their work. Russel Warne did an amazing job in his research. So many myths on intelligence still circulate. Even in the academic world. Hopefully, this book will really help to debunk them. I wrote a short column today on the threshold hypothesis that is still thought to be true among people who work with the gifted. I used the argument that I often use, namely that the group of highly intelligent is too small and not representative. Now my argument was supported by this book. My post on LinkedIn almost exploded…. It may be tricky to debunk myths. So thanks, Russell Warne.

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    • Date Published: October 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108717816
    • length: 434 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Section 1. The Nature of Intelligence:
    1. Intelligence is whatever collection of tasks a psychologist puts on a test
    2. Intelligence is too complex to summarize with one number
    3. IQ does not correspond to brain anatomy or functioning
    4. Intelligence is a western concept that does not apply to non-western cultures
    5. There are multiple intelligences in the human mind
    6. Practical intelligence is a real ability, separate from general intelligence
    Section 2. Measuring Intelligence:
    7. Measuring intelligence is difficult
    8. Content of intelligence tests is trivial and cannot measure intelligence
    9. Intelligence tests are imperfect and cannot be used or trusted
    10. Intelligence tests are biased against diverse populations
    Section 3. Influences on Intelligence:
    11. IQ only reflects a person's socioeconomic status
    12. High heritability for intelligence means that raising IQ is impossible
    13. Genes are not important for determining intelligence
    14. Environmentally driven changes in IQ mean that intelligence is malleable
    15. Social interventions can drastically raise IQ
    16. Brain-training programs can raise IQ
    17. Improvability of IQ means intelligence can be equalized
    Section 4. Intelligence and Education:
    18. Every child is gifted
    19. Effective schools can make every child academically proficient
    20. Non-cognitive variables have powerful effects on academic achievement
    21. Admissions tests are a barrier to college for underrepresented students
    Section 5. Life Consequences of Intelligence:
    22. IQ scores only measure how good someone is at taking tests
    23. Intelligence is not important in the workplace
    24. Intelligence tests are designed to create or perpetuate a false meritocracy
    25. Very high intelligence is not more beneficial than moderately high intelligence
    26. Emotional intelligence is a real ability that is helpful in life
    Section 6. Demographic Group Differences:
    27 Males and females have the same distribution of IQ scores
    28. Racial/ethnic group IQ differences are completely environmental in origin
    29. Unique influences operate on one group's intelligence test scores
    30. Stereotype threat explains score gaps among demographic groups
    Section 7. Societal and Ethical Issues:
    31. Controversial or unpopular ideas should be held to a higher standard of evidence
    32. Past controversies taint modern research on intelligence
    33. Intelligence research leads to negative social policies
    34. Intelligence research undermines the fight against inequality
    35. Everyone is about as smart as I am
    Conclusion.

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    Russell T. Warne, Utah Valley University
    Russell T. Warne is Associate Professor of Psychology at Utah Valley University, and an educational psychologist. He is the author of the successful textbook for undergraduates Statistics for the Social Sciences (Cambridge, 2018).

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