Handbook of Intelligence

Evolutionary Theory, Historical Perspective, and Current Concepts

  • Sam Goldstein
  • Dana Princiotta
  • Jack A. Naglieri

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sam Goldstein
      Pages 3-7
  3. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Thomas R. Zentall
      Pages 11-25
    3. Tara Mandalaywala, Christine Fleener, Dario Maestripieri
      Pages 27-46
    4. Philip Lieberman
      Pages 47-64
  4. Theories of Intelligence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Ulrich Müller, Kayla Ten Eycke, Lesley Baker
      Pages 137-151
    3. Amber Esping, Jonathan A. Plucker
      Pages 153-161
    4. Dana Princiotta, Sam Goldstein
      Pages 181-192
    5. Samuel O. Ortiz
      Pages 209-227
    6. Robert J. Sternberg
      Pages 229-241
    7. Richard E. Boyatzis, James Gaskin, Hongguo Wei
      Pages 243-262
    8. Lisa S. Blackwell, Sylvia Rodriguez, Belén Guerra-Carrillo
      Pages 263-282
    9. Jonathan A. Plucker, Amber Esping, James C. Kaufman, Maria J. Avitia
      Pages 283-291
  5. Assessment of Intelligence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. W. Joel Schneider, Dawn P. Flanagan
      Pages 317-340
    3. Donald H. Saklofske, Fons J. R. van de Vijver, Thomas Oakland, Elias Mpofu, Lisa A. Suzuki
      Pages 341-365
    4. Arthur MacNeill Horton Jr., Cecil R. Reynolds
      Pages 367-380
    5. Steven J. Stein, Justin M. Deonarine
      Pages 381-402
  6. Applications of Intellectual Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 403-403
    2. Tarmo Strenze
      Pages 405-413
    3. Emily C. Duggan, Mauricio A. Garcia-Barrera
      Pages 435-458
    4. Christopher Jones, Peggy L. Tarpley, Douglas Blancero
      Pages 459-468
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 469-469
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 491-498

About this book


Numerous functions, cognitive skills, and behaviors are associated with intelligence, yet decades of research has yielded little consensus on its definition. Emerging from often conflicting studies is the provocative idea that intelligence evolved as an adaptation humans needed to keep up with – and survive in – challenging new environments.

The Handbook of Intelligence addresses a broad range of issues relating to our cognitive and linguistic past. It is the first full-length volume to place intelligence in an evolutionary/cultural framework, tracing the development of the human mind, exploring differences between humans and other primates, and addressing human thinking and reasoning about its own intelligence and its uses. The works of pioneering thinkers – from Plato to Darwin, Binet to Piaget, Luria to Wechsler – are referenced to illustrate major events in the evolution of theories of intelligence, leading to the current era of multiple intelligences and special education programs. In addition, it examines evolutionary concepts in areas as diverse as creativity, culture, neurocognition, emotional intelligence, and assessment.

Featured topics include:

  • The evolution of the human brain from matter to mind
  • Social competition and the evolution of fluid intelligence
  • Multiple intelligences in the new age of thinking
  • Intelligence as a malleable construct
  • From traditional IQ to second-generation intelligence tests 
  • The evolution of intelligence, including implications for educational programming and policy. 

The Handbook of Intelligence is an essential resource for researchers, graduate students, clinicians, and professionals in developmental psychology; assessment, testing and evaluation; language philosophy; personality and social psychology; sociology; and developmental biology.



A.R. Luria and neuropsychological construct Alan Kaufman and cognitive processing Alfred Binet and the Children of Paris Assessment of intellectual ability Assessment of intellectual knowledge Carol Dweck and malleable construct

Editors and affiliations

  • Sam Goldstein
    • 1
  • Dana Princiotta
    • 2
  • Jack A. Naglieri
    • 3
  1. 1.Neurology, Learning and Behavior CenterUniversity of Utah School of MedicineSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.Neurology, Learning and Behavior CenterSalt Lake CityUSA
  3. 3.University of Virginia Curry School of EducationCharlottesvilleUSA

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