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ERIC Number: EJ814959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0160-2896
IQ, Cultural Values, and the Technological Achievement of Nations
Gelade, Garry A.
Intelligence, v36 n6 p711-718 Nov-Dec 2008
It is shown that the technological capabilities of a nation are related to national IQ. Nations with a higher percentage of high-IQ individuals generate more technological knowledge (as measured by patents granted per head of population) than other nations. Technological achievement is also shown to mediate the relationship between national IQ and per-capita GDP, suggesting that high-IQ nations are wealthier partly because they are more successful at generating technological knowledge. Additional variance in technological achievement, beyond that explained by IQ, is accounted for by cultural values; nations that value intellectual autonomy and social equality produce more technological knowledge. Intellectual autonomy was also found to moderate the relationship between technological achievement and national IQ, suggesting that technological progress is enhanced where high-IQ individuals live in an intellectually open environment. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Language: English
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