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The Mismeasure of Minds: Debating Race and Intelligence between Brown and The Bell Curve

Michael E. Staub


The 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision required desegregation of America’s schools, but it also set in motion an agonizing multidecade debate over race, class, and IQ. In this innovative book, Michael E. Staub investigates neuropsychological studies published between Brown and the controversial 1994 book The Bell Curve. In doing so, he illuminates how we came to view race and intelligence today. In tracing how research and experiments around such concepts as learned helplessness, deferred gratification, hyperactivity, and emotional intelligence migrated into popular culture and governm ... More

Keywords: bell curve, class, IQ, neuroscience, psychology, public policy, school desegregation, race, racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469643595
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643595.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael E. Staub, author
Baruch College, City University of New York