Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction
By (author) Ian J. Deary
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Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction by Ian J. Deary
Book DescriptionPeople value their powers of thinking and most of us are interested in why some people seem to drive a highly tuned Rolls Royce brain while others potter along with a merely serviceable Ford Fiesta. This Very Short Introduction describes what psychologists have discovered about how and why people differ in their thinking powers. The book takes readers from no knowledge about the science of human intelligence to a stage where they are able to make judgements for themselves about some of the key questions about human mental ability differences. Each chapter deals with a central issue that is both scientifically lively and of considerable general interest, and is structured around a diagram which is explained in the course of the chapter. The issues discussed include whether there are several different types of intelligence, whether intelligence differences are caused by genes or the environment, the biological basis of intelligence differences, and whether intelligence declines or increases as we grow older. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780192893215
(179mm x 112mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 22-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ian J. Deary
Personality Traits, Hardback (October 2009)
This essential textbook examines what personality traits are, how they influence human behaviour and the applications of personality assessment.
Looking Down on Human Intelligence, Hardback (September 2000)» View all books by Ian J. Deary
What is it about human brains that makes some people more capable than others? In this critical account, Professor Ian Deary reviews historical, cognitive, and biological research on the foundations of human mental ability.
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Author Biography - Ian J. Deary
Ian Deary is Professor of Psychology at Edinburgh University, and author of Personality Traits (1998, with Gerald Matthews). His next book, Looking Down on Human Intelligence, will be published this year by OUP.
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