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Rom Harré and Fathali M. Moghaddam have designed a textbook and brought together additional voices that speak to the similarities and differences of two seemingly separate domains in psychology. This bridge-building seeks to encourage a new generation of undergraduate students studying psychology to more fully appreciate the real potential for the study of human behavior, and as such it will represent a more provocative alternative to standard general psychology textbooks. It also be used in a host of courses, namely on the conceptual and philosophical nature of psychology, social psychology, critical psychology and cognitive science.


… at 9 years of age, variation in brain structure is associated with individual differences in intelligence measures. This relation is entirely explained by genetic factors common to both sets of traits. The genes that influence brain volume, probably influence intelligence …(van Leeuwen, Peper, van den Berg et al., 2009, p. 189)

It is now clear that intelligence is highly modifiable by the environment. Without formal education a person is simply not going to be very bright – whether we measure intelligence by IQ tests or any other matrix. (Richard Nisbett, 2009, p. 2)

The above quotations reflect what on the surface seem to be two very different perspectives on intelligence, which for now we can define as problem-solving ability. Problem solving is something humans do ...

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