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Test the Nation - The IQ Book

A person's Intelligence Quotient (IQ) is, arguably, one of their most important characteristics. It is believed that you can predict a person's behaviour more accurately from their IQ than from any other single piece of information about them.

However, IQ is also an area of psychology rife with myth and misunderstanding. Is it really possible to describe all of a person's myriad abilities using one number, their IQ? What influences how well a particular person will perform in a test? Can we improve our performance on these tests through practice or training?

Written by psychologist, Dr Colin Cooper and published by BBC Worldwide on 1 May, The IQ Book aims to address these issues and many more. It provides answers to the following frequently asked questions:

  • What is IQ?
  • How are IQ tests constructed?
  • Are these tests fair?
  • What does having a particular IQ imply?
  • How should IQ scores be interpreted?
  • How can IQ be boosted?
  • What causes people to vary their IQ?
  • Are differences in IQ related to how long we are likely to live?
  • How does IQ change over the lifespan?

Colin Cooper wrote The IQ Book in response to the surge of interest in IQ that followed the broadcast of Test The Nation - the BBC programme that allowed viewers in many countries to assess their IQ via a television and website test.

Included in, and exclusive to the book is the UK version of the 'National IQ Test 2002', along with instructions for scoring the test and converting your score into an IQ. So providing that you don't peak at the questions beforehand, it's possible to take the test and estimate your IQ, and have a complete understanding of what your score means.

Published: 1 May 2003
ISBN: 0563 487453
Price: £6.99 (PB)



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