Undergraduate Course: Current Issues in Human Mental Ability Differences (PSYL10019)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||To describe and evaluate research on important aspects of current research into human mental ability (intelligence) differences. The following topics are typical of those that are covered: the number, nature and relations among human cognitive abilities; the ageing of human cognitive abilities; the foundations (cognitive, biological, genetic, environmental) of mental ability differences; the influence of childhood intelligence on adult mortality.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Psychology Methodology 1 (PSYL10034)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| ? Being able to examine the evidence for the claims that there are many separate mental abilities and/or a single 'general intelligence'.
? To understand the evidence concerning the ageing of different mental abilities and to inquire after the mechanisms of cognitive ageing.
? Being able to evaluate critically the evidence for associations between individual differences in psychometric ability test scores and cognitive and biological brain processes; and to discuss the possible mechanisms for these associations.
? Being able to evaluate critically the evidence for genetic and environmental contributions to individual differences in psychometric ability test scores; and to discuss how these vary with age.
? Understanding and being able critically to assess the evidence for and possible mechanisms of the association between early life intelligence and adult mortality.
? General learning outcomes are the ability to assimilate and critically evaluate evidence from recent research in differential psychology.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Ian Deary
Tel: (0131 6)50 3452
|Course secretary||Mrs Elizabeth Wright
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363