Intelligence, race, and genetics.

Intelligence, race, and genetics.

Am Psychol. 2005 Jan;60(1):46-59

Authors: Sternberg RJ, Grigorenko EL, Kidd KK

In this article, the authors argue that the overwhelming portion of the literature on intelligence, race, and genetics is based on folk taxonomies rather than scientific analysis. They suggest that because theorists of intelligence disagree as to what it is, any consideration of its relationships to other constructs must be tentative at best. They further argue that race is a social construction with no scientific definition. Thus, studies of the relationship between race and other constructs may serve social ends but cannot serve scientific ends. No gene has yet been conclusively linked to intelligence, so attempts to provide a compelling genetic link of race to intelligence are not feasible at this time. The authors also show that heritability, a behavior-genetic concept, is inadequate in regard to providing such a link.

PMID: 15641921 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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