Professor James R. Flynn
James R. Flynn, M.A., Ph.D. is Emeritus Professor, Department of
University of Otago, New Zealand. He was Head of Department from
1967 to 1996.
He is on the Editorial Board of
The Flynn Effect is the rise of average Intelligence Quotient (IQ) test scores over the generations, an effect seen in most parts of the world, although at greatly varying rates. It is named after Jim, who did much to document it and promote awareness of its implications. This increase has been continuous and roughly linear from the earliest days of testing to the present.
Author of six books, Jim has combined political and moral philosophy with psychology to clarify problems such as justifying humane ideals and whether it makes sense to rank races and classes by merit. He has been profiled in Scientific American and ran for the New Zealand Parliament in 1993 and 1996 as Alliance candidate for Dunedin North. The American Psychological Association has devoted a symposium and a book to his research. Research Interests: Humane ideals and ideological debate; classics of political philosophy; race, class, and IQ.
Jim authored What is Intelligence?: Beyond the Flynn Effect, Where Have All the Liberals Gone?: Race, Class, and Ideals in America, How to Defend Humane Ideals: Substitutes for Objectivity, Asian Americans: Achievement Beyond IQ, Humanism and Ideology, Race, IQ and Jensen, IQ Gains, WISC Subtests and Fluid g: g Theory and the Relevance of Spearman’s Hypothesis to Race, Wechsler Intelligence Tests: Do We Really Have a Criterion of Mental Retardation?, and Shattering Intelligence: Implications for Education and Interventions, and coauthored Heritability Estimates Versus Large Environmental Effects: The IQ Paradox Resolved.