We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Price: $96.95

Paperback 456 pp.
68 line drawings, 189 mm x 246 mm



Copyright Year:

Imprint: OUP UK

Share on Facebook

OUP Canada Gratis request form
Add to Favourites Tell a Friend

IQ and Human Intelligence

Second Edition

Nicholas Mackintosh

The question 'What is intelligence?' may seem simple to answer, but the study and measurement of human intelligence is one of the most controversial subjects in psychology. For much of its history, the focus has been on differences between people, on what it means for one person to be more intelligent than another, and how such differences might have arisen, obscuring efforts to understand the general nature of intelligence. These are obviously fundamental questions, still widely debated and misunderstood. New definitions of intelligence and new factors affecting intelligence are frequently being described, while psychometric testing is applied in most large industries.

IQ and Human Intelligence provides a clear, authoritative overview of the main issues surrounding this fascinating area, including the development of IQ tests, the heritability of intelligence, theories of intelligence, environmental effects on IQ, factor analysis, relationship of cognitive psychology to measuring IQ, and intelligence in the social context. The clear, accessible style and numerous explanatory boxes make this the ideal text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in psychology.

Readership : Suitable for undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in individual differences and human intelligence.


  • Review from previous edition: "Mackintosh's new book is to be welcomed: it is comprehensive, up-to-date, well-informed, critical, and manages to offer a balanced introduction to the study of intelligence."

    --Swiss Journal of Psychology, v.59 no.3, Sep. 2000

1. The early development and uses of IQ tests
2. Psychometric theories of intelligence
3. The search for cognitive processes underlying components of IQ: Gs or speed and efficiency of information processing
4. Verbal, spatial and fluid abilities: Gc, Gv and Gf
5. Associative learning, working memory and executive control
6. Intelligence and the brain
7. Theories of g
8. The stability of IQ and the rise and fall of intelligence
9. The predictive validity of IQ - and its limits
10. Is this all? Multiple aspects of intelligence
11. Heritability: Kinship studies and single genes
12. The environment: secular changes and social class
13. Group differences
14. Sex differences
15. Epilogue

For Instructors: Figures from the book - available to download
For Students: Hyperlinks to primary literature articles cited in the and 'Further Reading' sections of the book

Nicholas Mackintosh is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Experimental Psychology, Cambridge University, having been Head of the Department from 1981 to 2002, and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society since 1987 and has been Visiting Professor at the Universities of Pennsylvania, California (at Berkeley), Hawaii, New South Wales, Bryn Mawr College, Universite de Paris (Sud), and Yale University. He has authored several books, including The Psychology of Animal Learning, Conditioning and Associative Learning , and Cyril Burt: Fraud or Framed.

There are no related titles available at this time.

Special Features

  • An elegantly written introduction to the field of intelligence, demonstrating rare objectivity and lack of bias.
  • This new edition provides comprehensive coverage of all kinds of intelligence, including IQ, social, and emotional intelligence, placing the title just outside the mainstream of the psychometric tradition.
  • An Online Resource Centre includes figures for lecturers to download and a hyperlinked bibliography for students.
New to this Edition
  • New chapter on multiple aspects of intelligence, including social and emotional intelligences.
  • More learning features, including the addition of key points boxes, to broaden the appeal to mid-level undergraduates.
  • Inclusion of more illustrative content.
  • A more intuitive ordering of chapters, following reviewer feedback.