Cross-Cultural Differences in Intelligence and Personality

  • Richard Lynn
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Cross-cultural studies of intelligence and personality are concerned first with the measurement of the differences between peoples, and second with the explanation of the causes of these differences. The measurement largely takes the form of administering tests to representative samples of the populations in different societies and comparing the scores. Theoretical explanations look first for correlates of these differences and then postulate causes. For example, if it were found that national anxiety levels were strongly related to poverty it might be reasonable to propose that poverty is an important cause of differences in anxiety levels between nations.


Racial Difference Brain Size High Heritability Verbal Ability White Child 
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  • Richard Lynn
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of UlsterColeraineNorthern Ireland

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