Israeli students' perspectives concerning determinants of intelligence

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Students' attitudes toward the nature versus nurture controversy pertaining to a variety of critical phenomena in the intelligence domain were assessed. A student inventory was constructed, pretested, and group administered to 269 students in various academic institutions in northern Israel, and comparisons were made between various sex, social, and ethnic groups. The majority of the students maintained that environment is the main factor influencing both personality and intelligence. Environment and an Environment x Heredity interaction were the most popular categories used to explain various generalizations about differences in ability, particularly among lower-class students. Students of Western origin were more inclined to adopt an environmental perspective on differences in IQ than were their Eastern counterparts. No sex differences were observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-523
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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