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p. 915. The (b)right man for the job

Does intelligence matter?locked

  • Ian J. Deary

Abstract

Intelligence tests have been used inappropriately and over-zealously at times, to the exclusion of other important characteristics. ‘The (b)right man for the job’ considers whether a score on a short test of mental ability has any predictive power for real-life achievement. Currently, the main applications of intelligence tests are in education, the workplace, and medicine. Mental tests are used to assess mental capacity in the settings of school and work performance and the effects of illness and medical treatments on brain function. It takes more than brain power to be successful, and sometimes it does not take much brains at all. Other qualities are important, but can they be measured?

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