Publication details for Professor Robert A. BartonShuker, 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.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0140-525X (print), 1469-1825 (electronic)
- DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X16001771
- Further publication details on publisher web site
Author(s) from Durham
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.