limxx287: November 2011 Archives

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In chapter nine of the Lilienfeld text, titled "Intelligence and IQ Testing," it discusses racial differences in IQ scores. For starters, IQ stands for intelligence quotient and is defined as a systematic mean of quantifying differences among people in their intelligence. Studies have proven that the average IQ score does indeed differ among races, for an example, Asians score higher than Caucasians and Caucasians score higher than African Americans and Hispanics. However, it is emphasized that this does not necessarily imply genetic differences in intelligence or learning potential. There are many factors that go into somebody's intelligence level, including environmental and cultural influences.

I think that this particular topic caught my attention because I am half Asian and I have been stereotyped under these circumstances. During high school, many of my peers assumed that I had a higher intelligence level because of my ethnicity and thought that the pure Asians obtained an even higher level of intelligence. Although this could remain true in some cases, it is very wrong and inaccurate to make the assumption about every Asian. I believe that all ethnicities have the opportunity to flourish and develop high intelligence, but that some may have greater success because of their culture or environment. For an example, the Asian culture has always highly valued education and emphasizes it at a young age, and this could be why some may believe that all Asians are born smart. I think that this concept is important because many believe that Asians have some sort of advantage over other races, when that is not necessarily true.

I know some families where all the children are intelligent so I am still wondering if intelligence is genetically influenced at all? Are certain people born with more potential to develop a higher intelligence than others? When you're younger, what can be done to help obtain a higher intelligence? Are IQ tests ever looked at when someone is getting hired for a job?


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lie.jpgI am confident that the majority of us have seen a polygraph test at some point, whether it be in a movie, a talk show episode or in person. In chapter 11 of the Lilienfield text it discusses the polygraph test, or more commonly referred to as the lie detector test. It explains how the test relies on bodily reactions, such as blood pressure, respiration, palm sweating, and overall anxiety, to tell if the victim is lying or not.

Although the largest organization of polygraph examiners in the United States claims the test is 98 percent accurate, it still presents a high rate of false positives. In simpler terms, the test labels innocent people as guilty and therefore cannot be administered in most of the U.S. courts for obvious reasons.

Along with the polygraph test, there are other lie detecting tests that agencies administer, including the guilty knowledge test and the integrity test. These two types of testing are more widely used compared to the polygraph test because they cover for some of the polygraph's short comings, such as its reliance on the pinochhio response. I think that the idea of these lie detector tests are important because they have always seemed to hold a notable amount of power in proving innocence. I also believe that society in general should become more familiar with the tests and how they work to hopefully become further educated about a somewhat critical aspect of the justice system.

In conclusion, I am still wondering about how many innocent people were pronounced guilty because of incorrect conclusions drawn by the polygraph test, or how many guilty people got off unscathed? Are any of the lie detector tests undoubtedly reliable? Should the court systems be allowed to utilize these questionable methods?

Click here to watch a video on the polygraph test.

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