Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

The ability is not general, and neither are the conclusions

Robert J. Sternberg a1
a1 Yale University, Department of Psychology, New Haven, CT 06520-8205


Stanovich & West rely for many of their conclusions on correlations of reasoning tasks with SAT scores. The conclusions they draw are suspect because the SAT is not a particularly good measure of so-called g; g is not necessarily causal, SAT scores are no arbiter of what is true, and in any case it is not suprising that reasoning tests correlate with reasoning tests.