Research into abilities is one of the great success stories of psychology. Ability tests are widely used and there is continued interest in the origins of abilites (enes or environment?) and their links to social phenomena such as crime and welfare dependecy. Intelligence and Abilities explains what is known about the processes associated with mental abilities and the relationship of abilities to behaviour. It also provides a clear and up-to-date guide to the main areas of research.
I lecture and research in the psychology of human intelligence and personality at Queen's University, Belfast. I started writing when I realised that there were not any textbooks covering the sorts of areas that I wanted to teach, and discovered that I rather enjoyed it. It is also excellent for clarifying my own ideas: when you commit yourself to something on paper and give a critical analysis of it, you often think of something new with research potential... a second edition of the Intelligence book is on the way, and a psychometrics book (combining both theory and best-practice) is gestating.
A few years ago I put together the IQ tests for the BBC and RTE "Test the Nation" IQ tests which was great fun; I also went to Japan a couple of times to appear on their programmes. So if my face seems vaguely familiar, that could be why.
I currently live in South Belfast with Wesley and Pip (partner and cat) though we plan to emigrate to Ontario within the next few years.