Implicit Messages: A Review of "Bias in Mental Testing"

@article{Scarr1981ImplicitMA,
  title={Implicit Messages: A Review of "Bias in Mental Testing"},
  author={S. Scarr},
  journal={American Journal of Education},
  year={1981},
  volume={89},
  pages={330 - 338}
}
  • S. Scarr
  • Published 1981
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Education
A review of Jensen's impressive volume, Bias in Mental Testing, could either address the issues of bias that he considers, and thereby detail the virtues of this scholarly tome, or it could speak to the ghosts that haunt it. Because other reviewers in this series are likely to describe the major theses and lines of evidence in the book, I have chosen to confront the demonic implications in a rather brief ceremony. As a preface, let me say that I agree with Jensen's review of the literature on… Expand
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