The cultural malleability of intelligence and its impact on the racial/ethnic hierarchy

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Abstract

This commentary highlights previous literature focusing on cultural and environmental explanations for the racial/ethnic group hierarchy of intelligence. Assumptions underlying definitions of intelligence, heritability/genetics, culture, and race are noted. Historical, contextual, and testing issues are clarified. Specific attention is given to studies supporting stereotype threat, effects of mediated learning experiences, and relative functionalism. Current test development practices are critiqued with respect to methods of validation and item development. Implications of the genetic vs. culture-only arguments are discussed with respect to the malleability of IQ.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-327
Number of pages8
JournalPsychology, Public Policy, and Law
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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