Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Race and Intelligence

It seemed unnecessary to pile on to James Watson's racist comments about blacks and intelligence. But here's an interesting post that is worth a mention:

In my work with Fryer, we analyzed a newly available nationally representative survey of children ages two and under, done by the Department of Education. Included in this study are tests of mental ability around a child’s first birthday. While you might think it would be impossible to capture anything meaningful at such a young age, it turns out that these measures of one-year-olds’ intelligence are somewhat highly correlated with IQ scores at later ages, as well as with parental IQ scores.

The striking result we find is that there are no racial differences in mental functioning at age one, although a racial gap begins to emerge over the next few years of life.

So there you go.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So what is the solution to those people who do not seem to want to excel or improve their life?