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Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Ian J. Deary

March 2020

ISBN: 9780198796206

184 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Some people are cleverer than others, but how and why do people differ in their thinking powers? Drawing on the latest psychological data Ian Deary considers some of our most burning questions about intelligence, such as how genes, environment, age, or gender can affect our intelligence. He also asks whether intelligence is increasing.

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Some people are cleverer than others, but how and why do people differ in their thinking powers? Drawing on the latest psychological data Ian Deary considers some of our most burning questions about intelligence, such as how genes, environment, age, or gender can affect our intelligence. He also asks whether intelligence is increasing.

  • Describes what psychologists have discovered about how and why people differ in their thinking powers
  • Includes a new chapter on sex differences in intelligence
  • Considers the new field of cognitive epidemiology, which draws links between intelligence and better health, less illness, and longer life
  • Includes new work on DNA testing and intelligence genetics
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Ian J. Deary, Professor of Differential Psychology, University of Edinburgh

Ian Deary is Professor of Differential Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He practised psychiatry in London and Edinburgh before moving to academic psychology, where his principal research interests include human mental abilities, the effects of ageing and medical conditions on mental skills, and the impact of cognitive ability on people's lives. He is Director of the Lothian Birth Cohort studies and is an elected Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He is the author of several books, including Looking Down on Human Intelligence: From Psychometrics to the Brain (OUP, 2000), and is the winner of several international awards for his research on human intelligence and personality.

Table of Contents

    1:Preface and acknowledgements
    2:What happens to intelligence as we grow older?
    3:Are there sex differences in intelligence?
    4:What are the contributions of environments and genes to intelligence differences?
    5:Are smarter people faster?
    6:What do more intelligent brains look like?
    7:Does intelligence matter in the school and the workplace?
    8:Does intelligence matter for good health and long life?
    9:Is intelligence increasing generation after generation?
    10:Do psychologists agree about intelligence differences?
    Further reading
    Appendix: An explanation of Correlation and Meta-analysis
    Index