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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best text books on intelligence research, 24 Jan 2012
This review is from: Human Intelligence (Paperback)
Earl Hunt is an emeritus professor in psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle
(USA) and an authority in research on human intelligence. The aim of his latest book is to give
a complete overview of psychological research on human intelligence. In the introductory
remarks, the author explains that he aims to moderate extreme views about intelligence. He
also makes it clear that he likes to go into nuanced detail, and that he refrains from simple bold
statements. He has clearly succeeded in doing so, and the result is a really great book!

The book has twelve chapters, which cover topics ranging from the genetic and environmental
factors underlying intelligence to theoretical and applied aspects of intelligence research. It also
has a chapter that gives a balanced review of research on intelligence differences between
various groups, such as men, women, and racial groups.

It is rare to read a textbook that has such a pleasant and easy to follow use of language. The
author has managed to explain difficult topics without becoming unnecessarily technical, for
example when explaining factor analysis, genetics, or neurophysiological techniques.
Nonetheless, this book covers complex topics completely and thoroughly. Therefore, this book
is useful for students and academics who want to keep up to date with the latest developments
in the field alike.

One of the outstanding aspects of this book is that the author explains controversies in the field
well. This is especially useful for students, because it helps them to understand how to critically
evaluate different opinions.

Another great thing about this book is its pleasant layout in two columns per page and the
many helpful figures, tables, and panels giving additional details on a selection of topics (e.g.,
there is a helpful panel called "Technologies for Looking at the Brain" in the chapter
"Intelligence and the Brain").

Altogether, I strongly recommend this book to all who teach about intelligence, because it is
highly accessible and at the same time gives a good and complete overview of this field. This
book is definitely suitable for undergraduate students of years 2 and 3, and also for
postgraduate students. Because it has 12 chapters (the last one is a summary of the first
eleven chapters), it fits perfectly in one semester of a British university (e.g., one could cover
one chapter a week). And even when you would not use this book as the course book for
students, I think it still will be a useful guide for designing your course.
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