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On Intelligence

On Intelligence

A Biological Treatise on Intellectual Development, Expanded Edition

Stephen J. Ceci

ISBN 9780674634565

Publication date: 09/01/1996

Ceci argues that traditional conceptions of intelligence ignore the role of society in shaping intelligence and underestimate the intelligence of non-Western societies. He puts forth a "bio-ecological" framework of individual differences in intellectual development that is intended to address some of the major deficiencies of extant theories of intelligence. The focus is on alternative interpretations of phenomena that emerge when implicit assumptions of intelligence researchers are challenged.


  • An exciting book as well as an important one...It strikes a fatal blow to the idea that a construct of general intelligence can play an important role in our efforts to understand why people differ in their intellectual abilities.

    —Michael J. A. Howe, British Journal of Educational Psychology


  • Stephen J. Ceci is Helen L. Carr Professor of Psychology at Cornell University.

Book Details

  • 312 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press