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Rationality and the Reflective Mind$
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Keith Stanovich

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195341140

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341140.001.0001

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The Assessment of Rational Thought

The Assessment of Rational Thought

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(p.191) 10 The Assessment of Rational Thought
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Rationality and the Reflective Mind
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Keith E. Stanovich

Richard F. West

Maggie E. Toplak

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341140.003.0010

The data presented in this book indicate that the rankings of individuals on assessments of rational thinking would be different from rankings on intelligence. At present, of course, there is no IQ-type test for rationality—that is, a test of one's RQ (rationality quotient). This chapter argues that it is time to start talking about such a thing. Assessing rationality more explicitly is what is needed to draw more attention toward rational thinking skills and to highlight the limitations of what intelligence tests assess. It defends the proposition that there is nothing conceptually or theoretically preventing us from developing such an assessment device. The chapter lays out a framework for the assessment of rational thought complete with examples.

Keywords:   intelligence, rationality, rational thinking, IQ test

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