Introduction and Overview

  • Morton P. Friedman
  • J. P. Das
  • Neil O’Connor
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 14)


The traditional approach to intelligence has been a psychometric one which has emphasized the study of abilities. Recently, alternative conceptions of the nature of intelligence have been proposed: the developmental and structural models of Piaget and others, biological theories and information processing models. An international conference on intelligence and learning was organized to critically review these changes in the field. It brought together some of the leading researchers and promising young workers who represent contemporary approaches to intellectual behavior. This book is a result of that conference. We think it will provide a sample of research and thinking relating intelligence to major psychological processes. An added feature of the book is the discussion of the implications of recent research in intelligence for fields such as reading, cross-cultural psychology and cognitive psychopathology.

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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Morton P. Friedman
    • 1
  • J. P. Das
    • 2
  • Neil O’Connor
    • 3
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.University of AlbertaAlbertaCanada
  3. 3.MRC Developmental Psychology UnitLondonEngland

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