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Type: Journal article
Title: Correlation between inspection time and psychometric abilities - A personal interpretation
Author: Nettelbeck, T.
Citation: Intelligence, 2001; 29(6):459-474
Publisher: Elsevier Science Inc
Issue Date: 2001
ISSN: 0160-2896
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Ted Nettelbeck
Abstract: More than 25 years of research suggests that the measure inspection time (IT) does capture low-level aspects of cognitive functioning that contribute to human intelligence. However, recent evidence does not support earlier claims that IT estimates the speed of a single mechanism like "sampling input" or "apprehension." Rather, together with other tasks that employ pattern backward masking to limit the duration for which information is available for processing, IT is probably sensitive both to focused attentional capacities to detect organization and change under severe time constraints and to decision processes, ongoing beyond mask onset, that monitor responding. Among normal young adults, IT is correlated with the broad psychometric factor Gs ("speediness"). This mediates correlation with general intelligence. In this group, IT is not correlated with Gf. However, whether this outcome generalizes to samples of persons with an intellectual disability, to young children, or to elderly persons is not yet known. Psychological processes underpinning IT are currently only speculatively defined, but it should prove possible to unravel these by experimentation. To this end, backward masking procedures are arguably more theoretically tractable than reaction time tasks because they reduce the impact of higher-level cognitive strategies on performance. On this basis, IT may hold promise as a means for developing partial explanations for intelligence in psychological terms. However, whether this is realized depends on identifying the psychological functions that support IT. © 2001 Elsevier Science Inc.
Keywords: inspection time
intelligence
speed of information processing
DOI: 10.1016/S0160-2896(01)00072-1
Description (link): http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/620195/description#description
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