Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thinking..fast and slow: Dual process models of cognition/intelligence--hot topic

Dual cognitive process (sometimes called Type I/II processing) have increased in prominence the past five years.  Within the past few weeks the long anticipated book "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kaneham was released, and it is already near the top of most non-fiction best selling books.  I can't wait to get my copy, as it will put Malcom Gladwell's "Blink" in it's proper place.  This will give the layperson, and many professionals, a better understanding of these two general classes of cognitive processes.

My thinking about applied intelligence test development and interpretation has been incorporated this general dichotomy in the form of a working (evolving) test development/interpretation framework (see summary figure below).
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The most recent journal to devote a special issue to dual process models is Developmental Review.  Below are the key articles and a few intriguing model figures.

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