The Flynn Effect

Required Reading:
Bennett, J. O., Briggs, W. L., & Triola, M. F. (2014). Statistical reasoning for everyday life. Boston, MA Pearson/Addison Wesley.

Assignment 4 Paper: The Flynn Effect
Statistics can be used to explain certain societal phenomenon such as the “Flynn Effect.” The article below looks at support for the argument that intelligence appears to increase intergenerationally. Does this phenomenon really exist? In reading the article you will employ your understanding of the normal distribution, probability, and central limit theorem to analyze this interesting purported phenomenon.

Article Analysis
Read the article entitled, “Are We Smarter than Our Parents?” in chapter 5 of your textbook (listed above). This article addresses a study by Dr. James Flynn of the rise of the IQ rate over generations, and how statistics are involved in tracking this phenomenon, especially with reference to the material in chapter 5.

Write an essay that explores some of the statistical data that has been found in this area of study. Additionally there are four questions for discussion listed at the end of the article. Choose and answer one of the four questions in a focused and clear manner. Remember to integrate the statistical data in the article that discusses this topic.

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