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May 1974

Infant Intelligence-Reply

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(5):759-760. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110240145026

To the Editor.—I want to thank Drs. Pasamanick and Knobloch for their thoughtful response to my comment on infant intelligence. They are certainly correct in calling me to task for using the term "all" in discussing the findings of previous research on infant intelligence. A more cautious phrasing would have been, “The large majority of studies dealing with the predictability of infant tests are in agreement in concluding that such tests are poor predictors of later intelligence test performance.” Beyond this admitted exaggeration on my part, I find as many ambiguities in their letter as they seem to have found in my marginal comment.

For example, after challenging my statement about the unpredictability of infant tests, they quote Anastasi to the effect that "Parental education and other characteristics of the home environment are better predictors of subsequent IQ than are infant tests," which seems to support my position rather than