Skin Color and Intelligence in African Americans: A Reanalysis of Lynn's Data

  title={Skin Color and Intelligence in African Americans: A Reanalysis of Lynn's Data},
  author={M. E. Hill},
  journal={Population and Environment},
  • M. Hill
  • Published 1 November 2002
  • Psychology
  • Population and Environment
Finding a modest yet statistically significant correlation between skin tone and vocabulary test scores among African Americans, Lynn (2002) concludes that “intelligence in African Americans is significantly determined by the proportion of Caucasian genes” (p. 365). In this reanalysis of Lynn's data, I demonstrate that his bivariate association disappears once childhood environmental factors are considered. Therefore, a genetic link between skin color and intelligence among African Americans… 

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