IQ and Human Intelligence

Module Leader:
Kristóf Kovács
2017-2018 Summer
Natural Sciences

Why do people differ in their cognitive abilities? Is there a general intelligence that permeates all human intellectual activity? Or is it more reasonable to postulate specific kinds of talent? Is IQ heritable, or is it mostly dependent on our upbringing? Are there differences in the intellectual abilities of males and females? The course provides answers to these questions. The lecture on heritability also introduces students to the basic concepts of behavior genetics. Intelligence is one of the most controversial fields of psychology, because it taps on issues of high societal and even political importance. Hence the course is recommended not only to students who wish to study psychology, but also to everyone interested in broader issues related