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The g Factor: The Science of Mental Ability (Human Evolution, Behavior, and Intelligence)

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Jensen provides a comprehensive treatment of one of the major constructs of behavioral science--general mental ability--labeled the g factor by its discoverer, Charles Spearman. The g factor is about individual differences in mental abilities. In factor analyses of any and every large and diverse collection of measures of mental abilities, however varied the content of kno ...more
Hardcover, 664 pages
Published February 28th 1998 by Praeger
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Until very recently, I had not realized the enormous progress made in the field of differential psychology over the past 100 years, which makes for very different and more engaging intellectual study than the stale Freudianism that the humanities have been chewing on for the past 40 years.
The g factor I found to be a thoughtful and thorough book, and I quite enjoyed Jensen's relaxed but serious voice. His discussion of the Flynn effect, for instance, was for me enormously comprehensive, and lef
James Igoe
I found the "The G Factor:...' to be enlightening and thoroughly researched book on a fascinating topic. Although the basic premise, that intelligence matters and that it is primarily inherited was evident, the book was rarely boring. The basic premise regarding intelligence was broadened by Jensen to explain intelligence, G, in statistical and physical terms with forays into G's manifestations in life. The book will not appeal to people without a strong interest in statistics; it will not appea ...more
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The book is controversial.. keeps you asking questions but all in all a non-put-downer
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Arthur Robert Jensen was born August 24, 1923, in San Diego, California, the son of Linda Mary (née Schachtmayer) and Arthur Alfred Jensen, who operated and owned a lumber and building materials company. His paternal grandparents were Danish immigrants and his mother was of half Polish Jewish and half German descent. He studied at University of California, Berkeley (B.A. 1945), San Diego State Col ...more
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