Advances in the Psychology of Human Intelligence - Vol. 4

Advances in the Psychology of Human Intelligence - Vol. 4

Advances in the Psychology of Human Intelligence - Vol. 4

Advances in the Psychology of Human Intelligence - Vol. 4


Volume five continues to mark the significant advances made in the psychology of human intelligence, problem solving, and thinking abilities. Papers contributed by leaders in the field reflect a diversity of perspectives and approaches to the human intelligence. Subjects discussed include:
• genetic and environmental contributions to information-processing abilities

• development of children's conceptions of intelligence

• skill acquisition as a bridge between intelligence and motivation

• information-processing abilities underlying intelligence

• costs of expertise and their relation to intelligence

• the nature of abstract thought


Since the 1960s, we have witnessed a remarkable resurgence of interest in the psychology of human intelligence. in the late 1960s, research in the field of intelligence seemed to have gone into at least partial remission. But today, a large number of investigators are pursuing active research programs concerning human intelligence.

The rapid expansion of the field of intelligence convinced me of the need for a Handbook of Human Intelligence--a volume that would help guide research on intelligence during the next decade or so. But a handbook cannot keep up with a rapidly advancing field, and it was for this reason that I decided that there was also a need for a series of volumes to complement the handbook--in essence, to continue the work that I hope the handbook has initiated. This series of volumes is intended to mark significant advances in the psychology of human intelligence.

Advances in the Psychology of Human Intelligence, of which this is the fourth volume, contains chapters by leaders in the field that document the progress being made toward understanding human intelligence. This series does not attempt to achieve the encyclopedic coverage of a handbook, but it can keep up with, and, I hope, lead the field in a way that no single, one-time volume could. Thus, the Advances series complements the handbook in its documentation and guidance of developments in research on human intelligence.

The concept of intelligence explored in this and subsequent volumes is broadly conceived. All volumes include contributions both by individuals whose research is clearly identified with the mainstream of research on intelligence and by individuals whose research may not be so identified but yet has an important bearing on our understanding of intelligence. Although contributors always rep-

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