A triarchic theory of Jensenism: Persistent, conservative reductionism

I J Deary, J R Crawford

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Abstract

This response to Jensen's target article principally addresses his contribution to information processing accounts of human intelligence differences. Three characteristics of Jensen's research are commended: his persistence in researching a topic and the thoroughness of his scholarship; his willingness to build a research theme upon existing knowledge and to desist from invoking too many new constructs; and his reductionistic orientation. Of three live questions in intelligence research to which he is contributing-reaction times, correlated vectors and mental speed-we address the method of correlated vectors. Using, data from three representative samples tested on the Wechsler Adult intelligence Scale-Revised and on inspection time, we show that inspection time's correlations with WAIS-R subtests fail to support the usual trend found with the method of correlated vectors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-282
Number of pages10
JournalIntelligence
Volume26
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Keywords

  • INSPECTION TIME
  • HUMAN INTELLIGENCE
  • ABILITIES
  • SPEED

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