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Janet Carsten and Simon Frith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265666

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265666.001.0001

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An intelligent Scotland: Professor Sir Godfrey Thomson and the Scottish Mental Surveys of 1932 and 1947

An intelligent Scotland: Professor Sir Godfrey Thomson and the Scottish Mental Surveys of 1932 and 1947

Joint British Academy / British Psychological Society Lecture read 17 October 2012

Chapter:
(p.95) An intelligent Scotland: Professor Sir Godfrey Thomson and the Scottish Mental Surveys of 1932 and 1947
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British Academy Lectures 2012-13
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Ian J. Deary

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265666.003.0005

In the first half of the paper the focus is historical on the work of Professor Sir Godfrey Thomson (1881–1955). In particular, new primary sources are described and illustrated. The principal new source is a collection of his public lectures from 1924 until 1954 that illustrate his interests and opinions in education and intelligence, and their place in society. The second half consists of an illustrative summary of follow-up studies on the Scottish Mental Surveys of 1932 and 1947, in which Thomson played such a large part. These data are now being used in the study of cognitive ageing and cognitive epidemiology

Keywords:   Godfrey Thomson, Scottish Mental Surveys, Intelligence, Education, Ageing, Cognitive epidemiology

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