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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Publication details for Professor Robert A. Barton

Shuker, David M., Barrett, Louise, Dickins, Thomas E., Scott-Phillips, Thom C. & Barton, Robert A. (2017). General intelligence does not help us understand cognitive evolution. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40: e218.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

Burkart et al. conflate the domain-specificity of cognitive processes with the statistical pattern of variance in behavioural measures that partly reflect those processes. General intelligence is a statistical abstraction, not a cognitive trait, and we argue that the former does not warrant inferences about the nature or evolution of the latter.