Educational Psychology Review

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 271–308 | Cite as

Understandingg in terms of information processing

  • Arthur R. Jensen


Psychometric g, the general factor in individual differences in all types of tests and performances involving any mental ability, has much wider importance and implications than are encompassed by the field of psychometrics. It is argued that the nature of g must be understood in terms of information processes rather than in terms of the specific knowledge and skills that are seen in the content of conventional mental tests. The wide range of individual differences in g and disparities in the distribution of g in different subpopulations have important implications for understanding some of the major problems confronting public education.

Key words

psychometricg intelligence information processing Spearman's hypothesis 


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