The Cattell Controversy: Race, Science, and Ideology
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The Cattell Controversy: Race, Science, and Ideology

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Raymond Cattell, the father of personality trait measurement, was one of the most influential psychologists in the twentieth century, with a professional career that spanned almost seventy years. In August 1997, the American Psychological Association announced that Cattell had been selected the recipient of the American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal Award for Life Ac...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published March 20th 2009 by University of Illinois Press (first published February 1st 2009)
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Frank Spencer
This book presents a lot of information about Cattell's connection to Eugenics. As with the Burt controversy, the complexity of the person involved is immense. There's no doubt that Cattell had a great effect on psychology. The 16PF and the fluid/crystallized distinction are both enough to make a person a legend. It's interesting that Burt and Cattell both used factor analysis. Many other early legends in psychology don't come across very well, in terms of Eugenics, either. It is a tough one to...more
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