Saturday, January 07, 2006

New book by Arthur "g" Jensen

I just learned (thanks to UberKuh) that Arthur Jensen is publishing a new book (Clocking the Mind) on mental chronometry---is to be released this April. Stay tunned.

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UberKuh said...

Dr. McGrew, you are more than welcome. I am thrilled to virtually meet one of the creators of the WJ-R and WJ-III. I have taken the WAIS-III, and I wish to take the WJ-III as well as the Raven's Advanced Progressive Matrices.

On a side note, and please forgive me for ranting (especially when I should be sleeping at this early hour), I understand that some psychologists, and, perhaps, you as well, consider taking IQ tests purely for the sake of increasing personal awareness to be somehow wrong, immoral, or, seen from a rational frame of mind, undesirable. Yet, I find it odd that most people do not wish to know their cognitive abilities and limitations. It seems to me that knowing these things provides a person with a positive sense of direction in the same way that learning about one's personality structure and behavioral tendencies provides direction.

Kevin McGrew said...

UberKuh. Thanks for the positive comment. On the contrary, I think self-awareness of an individuals cognitive abilities can be a good thing if done for the proper reasons and with appropriate controls (i.e., a person should not be allowed to take IQ tests simply to learn items so they can share them in public...and thus violate the necessary test security safeguards that protect the validity of tests). In fact, I think there is a need for someone (I don't have the time) to provide a service to the ever-increasing baby boomer generation as they approach and entire retirement. I would envision certain segements of the elderly/retirement population having their cognitive abilitie assessed (self-referral service)every 2-3 years, simply to keep tabs on their own cognitive development, with the idea to possibly identify abilities that may be decreasing, so one can pursue activities that may slow the decline.