I love authors/researchers who can synthesize research via big picture figures, diagrams, or models. One such researcher is P. Ackerman, who has completed excellent research on the relations between intelligence, personality and interests (primarily in adult populations). Above is one of his nice figures that demonstrates the interesting concept of "trait complexes" (similar to Richard Snows work on "aptitudes." His work is very consistent with my attempts to take a big picture look at school aptitude via the Beyond IQ Project.
If you want to learn more about Ackerman's research, take a peak at two articles (selected from many...he is very prolific---article 1; article 2)
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