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The Handbook of Understanding and Measuring Intelligence provides an overview of recent studies on intelligence to help readers develop a sound understanding of results and perspectives in intelligence research. In this volume, editors Oliver Wilhelm and Randall W. Engle bring together a group of respected experts from two fields of intelligence research, cognition and methods, to summarize, review, and evaluate research in their areas of expertise. The chapters in this book present state-of-the-art examinations of a particular domain of intelligence research and highlight important methodological considerations, theoretical claims, and pervasive problems in the field.  

Intelligence: A Diva and a Workhorse
Intelligence: A diva and a workhorse
OliverWilhelmRandall W.Engle

This introduction will try to set the stage for the subsequent chapters. We first discuss a few issues related to the measurement of intelligence before commenting on the understanding of intelligence. We do so because intelligence testing has always been a very pragmatic job. In an attempt to satisfy the demand for ability testing, the development, use, and evaluation of measurement tools has been a focal activity of researchers working in the area. In the early years of empirical psychological research, the measurement of intelligence was so successful, with approaches related to its understanding so far from being satisfactory, that the latter was overly neglected for a long period. Following these historical lines, ...

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