Vive Quelle Difference?

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 516–517. Reviews the book, Sex-Related Cognitive Differences: An Essay on Theory and Evidence by Julia A. Sherman (1978). This book offers a critical appraisal of “normal science” investigations of sex differences on a range of standard topics in the realm of intellectual abilities: general intelligence and verbal, spatial, mathematical, and problem-solving skills. Unfortunately, the work is flawed by its ambivalent reliance upon the data emerging from a variable-centered, instrument-bound science. Its greatest strength–the author's sense of ethics and evidence–is diluted by a mixture of outrage at sexist bias in general, and sometimes parochial quarrels in the interpretation of evidence. In summary, the present book may be useful as an overview of current methodological issues and substantive findings in an important domain. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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