The Nature of Intelligence: Novartis Foundation Symposium 233

The Nature of Intelligence: Novartis Foundation Symposium 233

Editor(s): Gregory R. Bock, Jamie A. Goode, Kate Webb

Published Online: 7 OCT 2008

Print ISBN: 9780471494348

Online ISBN: 9780470870853

DOI: 10.1002/0470870850

Series Editor(s): Novartis Foundation

About this Book

Evolutionary psychology and behavioural genetics are two successful and important fields in the study of human behaviour, but practitioners in these subjects have different conceptions of the nature of human intelligence. Evolutionary psychologists dispute the existence of general intelligence and emphasise the differences among species. They argue that natural and sexual selection would be expected to produce intelligences that are specialised for particular domains, as encountered by particular species. Behavioural geneticists consider general intelligence to be the most fundamental aspect of intelligence and concentrate on the differences between individuals of the same species.

This exciting book features papers and discussion contributions from leading behavioural geneticists, evolutionary psychologists and experts on intelligence that explore the differences and the tensions between these two approaches. The nature of 'g' or general intelligence is discussed in detail, as is the issue of the heritability of intelligence. The alternative approaches that emphasise domain-specific intelligences are explored, alongside wide-ranging discussions on a broad range of issues such as the biological basis for intelligence, animal models and changes in IQ scores over time.

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