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Arthur R. Jensen: Arthur R. Jensen (1923-2012), American psychologist. His major works include How Much Can We Boost IQ and Scholastic Achievement? (1969), The g Factor The Science of Mental Ability (1998), and Psychometric g A Review of Theory and Research (2006). His fields of specialization were intelligence, heritability of intelligence, cognitive psychology, educational psychology, and mental testing.
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Psychological Theories on Jensen - Dictionary of Arguments

Slater I 123
Jensen/intelligence/genetic variation/cultural differences/psychological theories: Jensen’s (1969)(1) article unleashed a storm of controversy. The article itself was published with commentary by nine well-known psychologists and geneticists. All rejected Jensen’s conclusion that the score differences could be considered genetically determined, generally pointing out the limitations in his arguments, alternative explanations for the facts he presented, and data he had overlooked.
>Jensen, Arthur R
, >Intelligence, >Intelligence tests.

His critics were not able empirically to refute the case that Jensen had made, and often resorted to rather emotional attacks, particularly in the mainstream press. The response was so extreme and vitriolic that some felt that it ran contrary to the spirit of scientific debate and acted to restrict intellectual freedom of inquiry.
Johnson: regardless of whether Jensen’s (1969)(1) article was the impetus, it is striking that, to this day, the American Psychological Association publishes a wide range of journals addressing many aspects of psychological function, including very specific aspects of cognition, but research involving general intelligence has no clear representation in any of these journals.
>Cognition, >Cognitive psychology.

1. Jensen, A. R. (1969). How much can we boost IQ and scholastic achievement? Harvard Educational Review, 3, 1–123.

Wendy Johnson: „How Much Can We Boost IQ? Updated Look at Jensen’s (1969) Question and Answer“, in: Alan M. Slater & Paul C. Quinn (eds.) 2012. Developmental Psychology. Revisiting the Classic Studies. London: Sage Publications

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