The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality

Human Intelligence and Medical Illness

Assessing the Flynn Effect

Authors: Steen, R. Grant

  • Examines the global links between the rise in IQ – known as the Flynn Effect – and general human health
  • Assesses whether public health improvements potentially account for the Flynn Effect
  • Details how treatment of common medical problems may result in a substantial IQ rise
  • Explores whether additional and substantial IQ gains are possible in the U.S. and the world
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About this book

There’s little doubt that people are growing smarter. This effect is so strong that IQ tests must be renormed periodically to prevent classifying an overabundance of people as geniuses. The question is why is this collective rise in IQ – known as the Flynn effect –occurring? Possible theories to explain the Flynn effect have ranged from better parenting to faster evolution.

Bringing a bold new voice to the debate, Human Intelligence and Medical Illness sets out a simple definition of intelligence that is appropriate for assessing intelligence at the population level. The definition is then used to probe the relationship between population intelligence and public health. This volume uses the latest medical and behavioral science research to argue that declines in serious disease and illness-causing conditions (e.g., lead paint in buildings) correlate strongly with continued cognitive gains in both developed and developing countries. Current political realities explain why the Flynn effect should be approached as a public policy as well as a public health issue.

This provocative volume:

  • Reviews the most widely held hypotheses accounting for the Flynn effect.
  • Examines the relationship between intelligence and public health.
  • Assesses the extent to which public health improvements can potentially account for the Flynn effect.
  • Details how treatment of common medical problems may result in a substantial rise in IQ.
  • Explores the possibility of continued IQ gains in the United States and worldwide.
  • Reframes the Flynn effect in the contexts of public health, early childhood education, and social justice.

With its groundbreaking findings on the causes of cognitive impairment and the possibility of cognitive improvement, Human Intelligence and Medical Illness is must-reading for researchers, professors, and graduate students in developmental psychology, education, public health, psychiatry, neuroscience, social work, and related fields.

About the authors

R. Grant Steen has written 5 books and 70 research articles, mostly about the human brain in health and disease. He has been a professor of psychiatry, pediatrics, biomedical engineering, and radiology (brain imaging), and he worked for 20 years in clinical research at various medical schools and hospitals. He earned a Doctorate in Biology from UCLA, held a National Research Service Award at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and he has been a faculty member at the University of Washington, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee, and the University of North Carolina. Dr. Steen now consults and writes about the brain full-time.

Reviews

From the reviews: “The 218-page volume is divided into 13 chapters on topics … in human intelligence. … Human Intelligence and Medical Illness should be commended for taking an evidence-based approach to the topic of intelligence … . The book is concise, timely, and generally well written. … Overall, Human Intelligence and Medical Illness is a thought-provoking book that is well worth reading. If you are interested in how to improve human intelligence, then this book is for you.” (Richard E. Mayer, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 55 (4), January, 2010) “This book explores the nature of IQ testing, changes that have occurred, and conditions that can impact it. … to provide readers with comprehensive information about intelligence testing, trends, and current literature. … Clinical and school psychologists would find this book interesting, but others working in developmental fields also would find it of use. … This is a superficial review of the intellectual issues presented.” (Christopher J. Graver, Doody’s Review Service, April, 2010)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Are People Getting Smarter?

    Steen, R. Grant

    Pages 1-8

  • Human IQ and Increasing Intelligence

    Steen, R. Grant

    Pages 9-20

  • Evolution and Increasing Intelligence

    Steen, R. Grant

    Pages 21-31

  • Brain Development and Increasing Intelligence

    Steen, R. Grant

    Pages 33-44

  • Environment and Increasing Intelligence

    Steen, R. Grant

    Pages 45-57

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eBook $69.99
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Hardcover $199.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-8133-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Intelligence and Medical Illness
Book Subtitle
Assessing the Flynn Effect
Authors
Series Title
The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-0092-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-0092-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-0091-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-8133-2
Series ISSN
1572-5642
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 218
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