The Theory of Fluid and Crystallized Intelligence in Relation to Concepts of Cognitive Psychology and Aging in Adulthood

  • John L. Horn
Part of the Advances in the Study of Communication and Affect book series (ASCA, volume 8)


The principal purpose of this chapter is to lay out some of the major results and conclusions of a series of studies conducted by this investigator and his coworkers (principally Donaldson, Engstrom, and Mason) over the last few years. To comprehend these results and conclusions it is necessary to have some appreciation of the theory and assumptions on which the research has been based. These ideas are not major themes in the research and theory of mainstream cognitive developmental psychology. It is probably worthwhile, therefore, to sketch at the outset some features of the research that is to be reviewed.


Serial Recall Memory Span Fluid Intelligence Primary Memory Secondary Memory 
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  • John L. Horn
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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