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Intelligence? What intelligence?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 July 2007

Roberto Colom
Affiliation:
Facultad de Psicología, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain. roberto.colom@uam.es

Abstract

Neuroimaging evidence, both within and between research strategies, is largely heterogeneous. This results from the way the construct of interest (i.e., intelligence) is measured. Every single available measure comprises several cognitive abilities, although the so-called g factor is always present. Here I suggest that studies must always control for this empirical fact to arrive at solid conclusions.

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