Intelligence, Volume 24, Issue 1, Page iv (January - February 1997)

Editor’s Note

This special issue of Intelligence was edited by Linda S. Gottfredson. The

articles were invited but were put through the peer review process. The issue was

planned as an informative extension of the collective statement, “Mainstream

Science on Intelligence,” which was published in the Wall Street Journal in De-

cember 1994, and which is reprinted here as an editorial.

I asked Dr. Gottfredson to guest edit this special issue because of her role in

organizing the “Mainstream” statement. That statement was designed to be a

clear explication of what we in the field regarded as well-known despite popular

opinion to the contrary. The statement was effective and had some impact on

popular opinion. I thought, however, that it should be followed by a more de-

tailed account that would provide a source of references for its assertions. Dr.

Gottfredson agreed and took on the editing of this issue. She has done an excel-

lent job. The issue has developed into more than just an elaboration of the “Main-

stream” statement. With an impressive panel of authors, it has extended the

boundaries of the field of intelligence, showing more compellingly than ever

how intelligence affects the lives of individuals and societies. Even those who

know the field well will find much of interest.

Most readers of Intelligence are familiar with the work of Linda Gottfredson.

I think her greatest contribution has been showing the relevance of basic research

on individual differences to the concerns of applied psychologists and policy

makers. She has been a tireless commentator on issues of test use and test fair-


Dr. Gottfredson is currently professor of educational studies at the University

of Delaware and co-director of the Delaware-Johns Hopkins Project for the Study

of Intelligence and Society. She obtained her doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins

University in sociology and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Uni-

versity of California at Berkeley. Guest editing is not new to her. She edited two

special issues of the Journal of Vocational Behavior which considered the rela-

tionship of intelligence to employment testing and to fair testing practice. I re-

gard them, like the current issue, as required reading for anyone who is interested

in intelligence and its implications for social policy.

-Douglas K. Detterman