Basic Processes in Human Intelligence

  • Ian J. Deary
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 17)


Tests of intelligence are unpopular with Western intellectuals today. Notoriously, the tests appear to discriminate against ‘minorities’ and against ‘the working class’; and women are under-represented in the higher ranges of IQ. Moreover, the tests are often held to be ‘circular’: critics who make this charge are repeating, however unknowingly, the dictum of one of the few geniuses who have ever applied their talents to psychology - namely Edwin Boring, who was the first to remark, in 1923, that intelligence “is what the tests test.”


Uric Acid Level Inspection Time Retarded Subject Boring Task Response Time Slope 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian J. Deary
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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