The Mismeasure of Minds

Debating Race and Intelligence between Brown and The Bell Curve

The Mismeasure of Minds: Debating Race and Intelligence between Brown and The Bell Curve Author Michael E. Staub
File size 3MB
Year 2018
Pages 232
Language English
File format PDF
Category Psychology

Book Description:

In this beautifully written and thoroughly researched book, Michael E. Staub takes a fresh and critical look at some of the most familiar, iconic, and vaunted psychological and neuroscientific experiments of the last several decades. He argues compellingly that race and class are the unacknowledged and implicit subtexts in these experiments. This is a book that psychologists, neuroscientists, historians, and the public alike need to read."—Nadine Weidman, Harvard University

In this meticulously researched and beautifully written book, Michael Staub deftly walks the reader through psychological experiments and data (or lack thereof) and their subsequent interpretation. Staub sheds new light on how race and intelligence testing connect. A book we didn't know we needed."—Mical Raz, University of Rochester

Michael Staub has written a sophisticated, nuanced history that makes clear the connections between the study of the brain and how we process race in America. This is history of science and of society at its best." —David Roediger, University of Kansas

In chronicling the surprising continuities between civil rights–era legislation and Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray's notorious The Bell Curve, The Mismeasure of Minds sounds a crucial warning about racial liberalism's recourse to the claims of psychology and authority of science. This is a groundbreaking and stunning book."—Britt Rusert, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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