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Intelligence and Abilities (Psychology Focus) [Hardcover]

Colin Cooper
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1 April 1999 0415188687 978-0415188685
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.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415188687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415188685
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,237,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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"[Cooper] deftly covers the traditional structural approach of Charles Spearman's g and L.L Thurstone's primary mental abilities....A well-researched book....Useful for undergraduates through faculty."-"Choice

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ABILITY is a branch of psychology that examines how and why people differ from one another - as opposed to other areas of the discipline which regard such 'individual differences' as nuisances, to be ignored (or controlled for statistically) in psychology experiments. Read the first page
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What it takes Jensen, Plomin, Sternberg etc. tomes to write, Cooper has it in this book with concise clarity. For those with a general interest in the area or wanting to pass an intelligence and abilities exam this book covers the full remit in plain English. For those wanting a bit more he has excellent references for further reading and he even tells you which boring bits to skip! An excellent read especially in times of exam stress!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good 13 July 2013
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A good and interesting book although you must have a general understanding of psychology and mathematics because it is very detailed and not at all simplified.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent writing 4 Jun 2000
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An essential guide to the field of intelligence research. Written in a structured format which allows the reader to command a knowledge and understanding of the topic, without having to negotiate technical language. An ideal candidate for the undergrad. reading list, this book makes the reader feel like a genius!
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