Investigating Intelligence

by Howard Burton (Author)

This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and neuroscientist John Duncan, University of Cambridge, and examines fascinating questions in neuroscience such as: What is intelligence and what does IQ testing tell us? Can intelligence be measured and improved? What role does our frontal lobe play in executive control? John Duncan has rigorously investigated these types of issues for years and this conversation covers all those questions plus topics such as impairments following brain damage, functional brain imaging, and the brain basis for attention, intelligence and cognitive control.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Thinking Deeper, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

I. Searching For A Definition - A curious correlation
II. Trusting Your Gut - Intuitions and contradictions
III. Paradigmatic Examples - Some test are more g-relevant than others
IV. Different Types of Knowledge - Crystallized vs. fluid
V. Another Correlation - The power of organization
VI. Selecting Solutions - Finding focus
VII. Looking Inside - Harnessing modern technology
VIII. Implications - Future possibilities
IX. Assessing the Landscape - Reactions and speculations
X. Pure and Applied - Bringing it all home

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Book details

Publication date
September 30, 2020
File size
1 MB