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Overemphasized “g”

The University of Sydney, Sydney 2006, Australia
The University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba 4352, Australia
Received: 29 June 2017 / Revised: 29 August 2017 / Accepted: 26 September 2017 / Published: 1 October 2017
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In this paper I argue that the emphasis on “g” has become a hindrance to the study of broadly defined human cognitive abilities. Abilities captured by the first- and second-stratum factors in the Cattel-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theory have been neglected. The focus has been on a narrow range of cognitive processes that excludes those common to some sensory modalities and a host of new tasks and constructs that have become available through recent conceptual analyses and technological developments. These new areas have emerged from psychology itself (complex problem solving tasks and emotional intelligence) and from disciplines related to psychology like education and economics (economic games and cognitive biases in decision-making). View Full-Text
Keywords: general factor; “g”; complex problem solving; cognitive biases; emotional intelligence general factor; “g”; complex problem solving; cognitive biases; emotional intelligence
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Stankov, L. Overemphasized “g”. J. Intell. 2017, 5, 33.

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