Faculty Publications

Title

Born before genes: The G legacy

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Behavior genetics, Cognitive modelling, Evoked potentials, Evolutionary psychology, Factor analysis, g factor, Heritability, Individual differences, Intelligence, IQ, Neurometrics, Psychometrics, Psychophyiology, Skills, Spearman, Statistics

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Psycoloquy

Volume

10

Abstract

Jensen (1998, 1999) offers a comprehensive presentation of the argument that the g-factor, as defined by hierarchical common factor models, constitutes the core and major component of human intellective function. Its validity includes matters of evolution and inheritance of g with attendant consequences for both individual and group differences such as racial differences. The future is envisioned as elucidating the details of the genetic and brain elements of g. The uninformed reader would have no hint that there is also a century of work which can be cited against the argument. The g model is not consistent with mainstream twentieth century work in evolution and in genetics. Some of the main points of conflict are examined.

Original Publication Date

12-1-1999

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