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Der IQ-Fallensteller

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PD Dr. Dr. habil Volkmar Weiss

Rietschelstr. 28, D-0177 Leipzig, Germany

The German counterpoint to "The Bell Curve":
The IQ-Trap: Intelligence, Social Structure, and Politics. Graz 2000 Book review by P. Netter, Department of Psychology, University of Giessen: Personality and Individual Differences 13 (2002) 185-186 - full text -

This is an exceptional book ... . It leaves the protected intellectual field of 'pure science' and extends psychology into the battle field of politics, sociodemographic and economic statistics and statements by promoting ideas which are partly contrary to the present Zeitgeist. ... It is recommended for everybody who engages in intelligence research and wants to convey the idea of the relevance of this concept to all areas of social and political life, and it should be recommended to students of psychology. It would be useful to have an English translation.


Genetics of IQ, Differential psychology
Invited by Hans-Jürgen Eysenck and refereed by Arthur R. Jensen: Weiss, V. (1992). Major genes of general intelligence. Personality and individual Differences, 13, 1115-1134 ; cf. also the table about giftedness and family relationship

  • Weiss, V.: The advent of a molecular genetics of general intelligence. Intelligence 20 (1995) 115-124 (Editorial).
  • Further publications in German
  • Percentage of highly gifted and high IQ subjects among the relatives of highly gifted

    Code of the Brain, Short term memory capacity, Attention, EEG, Quantum computing
  • Weiss, H. und V. Weiss (2003). The golden mean as clock cycle of brain waves. Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, 18, 643-652.
  • Weiss, H. und V. Weiss (2002). The golden ratio as coding principle of information. Journal of Mathematics and Design 2 (2002) 63-73.
  • Weiss, V. (1995).Memory span as the quantum of action of thought. Cahiers de Psychologie Cognitive 14, 387-408.

    History of Science
  • Weiss, V. (1991). It could be Neo-Lysenkoism, if there was ever a break in continuity! Mankind Quarterly, 31, 231-253
  • Further publications in German

    Giftedness, Creativity
  • Weiss, V. (1995). The emergence of a cognitive elite. Comment on "The Bell Curve" by Herrnstein and Murray. Mankind Quarterly 35, 373-390.

  • Percentage of higly gifted and high IQ subjects among the relatives of highly gifted

  • A 25-years-follow-up of the highly gifted of former East Germany:
  • Weiss, V. (1994). Mathematical giftedness and family relationship. European Journal for High Ability, 5 , 58-67. Further publications in German

    Personnel selection, Heritability, Genetics of athletics
  • Weiss, V. (2003). The application of heritabilities in personnel selection. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 62, 15-16.
  • Further publications in German

    Social History, Social mobility, Historical Demography
  • Weiss, V.: Social and demographic origins of the European proletariat. Mankind Quarterly 31 (1990) 127-152.
  • Weiss, V.: Les origines sociales et démographiques du prolétariat. Annales de démographie historiques (1991) 277-293. Further publications in German

  • Weiss, V.: Inbreeding and genetic distance between hierarchically structured populations measured by surname frequencies. Mankind Quarterly 21 (1980) 135-149 Further publications in German

    See also Volkmar Weiss, German publications on twin research, genetics of quantitative trait loci, sociology of education, regional history, history of Saxony, family reconstitution, nationalsocialism, genealogy, antisemitism and innovation research.