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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.  

Modeling Structures of Intelligence
Modeling structures of intelligence

Measuring intelligence requires at least partial prior knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. If there is no reasonably clear concept of the attribute to be measured and how it relates to observable outcomes, measurement instruments cannot sensibly be designed, evaluated, and selected. The application of a measurement instrument to a sample of participants and analyzing the results is, however, informative for theorizing about intelligence, insofar as the analyses can serve to evaluate certain theoretical propositions. If some propositions turn out not to be tenable in light of empirical evidence, we might be inclined to revise our understanding of intelligence. Such mutual influence processes of theory and measurement can easily be observed in the history of intelligence research ...

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