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- DescriptionCritics of intelligence tests-writers such as Robert Sternberg, Howard Gardner, and Daniel Goleman-have argued in recent years that these tests neglect important qualities such as emotion, empathy, and interpersonal skills. However, such critiques imply that though intelligence tests may miss certain key ncognitive areas, they encompass most of what is important in the cognitive domain. In this book, Keith E. Stavich challenges this widely held assumption. Stavich shows that IQ tests (or their proxies, such as the SAT) are radically incomplete as measures of cognitive functioning. They fail to assess traits that most people associate with good thinking, skills such as judgment and decision making. Such cognitive skills are crucial to real-world behavior, affecting the way we plan, evaluate critical evidence, judge risks and probabilities, and make effective decisions. IQ tests fail to assess these skills of rational thought, even though they are measurable cognitive processes. Rational thought is just as important as intelligence, Stavich argues, and it should be valued as highly as the abilities currently measured on intelligence tests.
- Author BiographyKeith E. Stanovich is professor of human development and applied psychology, University of Toronto. He is author of How to Think Straight about Psychology and The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin, among other books.
- Author(s)Keith E. Stanovich
- PublisherYale University Press
- Date of Publication23/02/2010
- SubjectPsychology: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationNew Haven
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintYale University Press
- Content Note8 black-&-white illustrations
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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