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.  

Working Memory Capacity, Attention Control, and Fluid Intelligence

Working memory capacity, attention control, and fluid intelligence
Richard P.HeitzNashUnsworthRandall W.Engle

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.

Spearman (1927, p. 13)

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 ...

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