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The Hereditarian Theory of IQ Summary and Analysis

Alfred Binet studied human intelligence and how to measure it while working at the Sorbonne. He began by measuring skulls as Broca had done and after spending three years and publishing nine papers, he began to question the technique. He was going to different schools and measuring the heads of children and trying to correlate his measurements with the teacher's designation of smart and dumb. Binet did not find large significant differences in his measurements and was questioning the theory. He found too much variability in the results and found that the measurements did not support the theory. He was also aware of bias and tried not to let that influence his results but he notices discrepancies between the figures collected by himself and his student, Simon. Binet ended the heyday of craniometry with his work since...

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