Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

On images from correlations

Sarah Norgatea1 and Ken Richardsona2

a1 Psychology Directorate, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, M6 6PU, United Kingdom

a2 Tighnabruaich, Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross, PH15 2BS, United Kingdom.


The difficulty of making reliable interpretation from a dense cloud of unreliable correlations means that the grounds for making a testable “biological,” or brain-based, theory of intelligence remain very shaky. We briefly discuss the conceptual and methodological problems that arise and suggest one possible alternative interpretation of the data.

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