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September 24, 1927

Ability, A Psychological Study.

JAMA. 1927;89(13):1086. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690130074053

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This volume is the result of investigations by the department of psychology of Bedford College of the University of London as to the factors that make for special ability. The first part of the book is devoted to a consideration of such factors, and the second to a series of tests for university students leading to a determination of their capacity. The tests are simple copying tests, mazes, corrections of English writing, and all the usual psychologic paraphernalia. Like many other psychologic tests, the determination in the long run, while useful, does not guarantee success. After all, the secret of ability and capacity is yet to be determined. Apparently far more factors enter into the matter than can possibly be determined by any mental study. Nevertheless, the progress of this science is rapid, and its review interesting.

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