Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Towards a theory of intelligence beyond g

James R. Flynn a1
a1 Department of Political Studies, University of Otago, Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand

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Brain physiology and IQ gains over time both show that various cognitive skills, such as on-the-spot problem solving and arithmetic reasoning, are functionally independent, despite being bundled up in the correlational matrix called g. We need a theory of intelligence that treats the physiology and sociology of intelligence as having integrity equal to the psychology of individual differences.

(Published Online April 5 2006)