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2:00 PM | January 17, 2013
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Near the dawn of the modern study of the mind, the great psychological pioneer Charles Spearman noticed that people who are good at one kind of mental activity tend to be good at most other good mental activities. Thus, the notion of g (for "general intelligence") was born: the notion that there is some underlying factor that determines -- all else equal -- how good someone is at any particular intelligent task. This of course fits folk psychology quite well: g is just another […]

Hampshire, A., Highfield, R., Parkin, B. & Owen, A. (2012). Fractionating Human Intelligence, Neuron, 76 (6) 1225-1237. DOI:

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