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Chapter 5: Working Memory Capacity, Attention Control, and Fluid Intelligence
Or take the power of attention. Is this wholly, or partly, or not at all the same as intelligence? All three views are widely held in the literature.
The idea that attention is important to intelligence is not novel. Indeed, Spearman (1927) discussed this issue at length. However, the relationship between attention and intelligence was contemplated even earlier, with some of the first empirical evidence provided by Burt (1909). Binet (1903), the father of intelligence testing, also recognized the importance of attention to general intelligence (Sternberg, 1982). William James (1890/1981), too, wrote that “the number of things we may attend to is altogether indefinite, depending on ...