ERIC Number: EJ746225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
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On the High Intelligence and Cognitive Achievements of Jews in Britain
Lynn, Richard; Longley, David
Intelligence, v34 n6 p541-547 Nov-Dec 2006
A number of studies in the United States have found that Jews obtain higher average IQs than white gentiles. This paper examines whether this is also the case in Britain. Three early studies are summarized that found that Jews in Britain have mean IQs in the range of 110-113. New data are presented for two nationally representative samples of 7-16 year olds in which Jews had mean IQs of 108.5 and 107.7. Taking all five studies into account, it is proposed that the best reading of the IQ of Jews in Britain is 110. It is proposed that the best reading of the IQ of Jews in the United States is 109.5. Data are presented for the numbers of Jewish Fellows of the Royal Society in relation to their proportion in the population. It is found that Jews were over-represented by a factor of 3.7 in the years 1901 through 1940 and by a factor of 7.6 in the years 1950 through 2003. Data are also presented for the numbers Jewish Nobel prize-winners in Britain and the United States for 1901 through 2003. It is shown that Jews are over-represented among Nobel prize-winners by a factor of 8.0 in Britain and 12.3 in the United States. It is proposed that the over-representation of Jews among Nobel prize-winners can be partly explained by the higher average Jewish IQ.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Jews, Intelligence Quotient, Sampling, Intelligence Tests, Intelligence Differences, Awards, Cognitive Ability, Adolescents, Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Population Distribution
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain); United States