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Emeritus Professor James Flynn

Emeritus Professor, Joint Department of Politics

Jim FlynnEmail jim.flynn@otago.ac.nz
Phone 64 3 479 8668

Prof Flynn 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. Emeritus Professor Flynn has been profiled in Scientific American and ran for the New Zealand Parliament in 1993 and 1996 as Alliance candidate for Dunedin North. Research Interests include Humane ideals and ideological debate; classics of political philosophy; race, class and IQ.  He was Head of Department from 1967 to 1996.

Take a look at the TED Talk given by Emeritus Professor Jim Flynn titled Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents'

Teaching

•  PSYC 204 Justice, Race and Class

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Publications

Flynn, J. R. (2018). Academic freedom and race: You ought not to believe what you think may be true. Journal of Criminal Justice, 59, 127-131. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2017.05.010

Flynn, J. R. (2017). Male and female balance sheet. Mankind Quarterly, 58(1), 43-68.

Flynn, J. R., & Shayer, M. (2017). IQ decline and Piaget: Does the rot start at the top? Intelligence, 66, 112-121. doi: 10.1016/j.intell.2017.11.010

Flynn, J. R., & Shaughnessy, M. F. (2017). An interview with James Flynn: Does your family make you smarter? North American Journal of Psychology, 19(1), 35-40.

Flynn, J. R. (2016). No place to hide: Climate change, a short introduction for New Zealanders. Nelson, New Zealand: Potton & Burton, 116p.

Authored Book - Research

Flynn, J. R. (2016). No place to hide: Climate change, a short introduction for New Zealanders. Nelson, New Zealand: Potton & Burton, 116p.

Flynn, J. R. (2016). Does your family make you smarter? Nature, nurture, and human autonomy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 258p.

Flynn, J. R. (2016). The new torchlight list: In search of the best modern authors. Wellington, New Zealand: Awa Press, 327p.

Flynn, J. R. (2013). Intelligence and human progress: The story of what was hidden in our genes. Oxford, UK: Academic Press, 111p.

Flynn, J. R. (2012). Beyond patriotism: From Truman to Obama. Exeter, UK: Imprint Academic, 240p.

Flynn, J. (2012). Fate & philosophy: A journey through life's great questions. Wellington, New Zealand: Awa Press, 256p.

Flynn, J. R. (2012). How to improve your mind: Twenty keys to unlock the modern world. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 192p. doi: 10.1002/9781118314999

Flynn, J. R. (2012). Are we getting smarter? Rising IQ in the twenty-first century. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 310p.

Flynn, J. (2010). The torchlight list: Around the world in 200 books. Wellington: Awa Press, 200p.

Flynn, J. R. (2008). Where have all the liberals gone? Race, class, and ideals in America. Cambridge University Press, 336p.

Flynn, J. R. (2007). What is intelligence? Beyond the Flynn Effect. Cambridge University Press, 216p.

Flynn, J. (2000). How to Defend Humane Ideals: Substitues for Objectivity. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 224p.

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Authored Book - Other

Flynn, J. (2015). Senza alibi: Il cambiamento climatico – impedire la catastrofe [Translation of No place to hide: Spend an evening to learn all about climate change]. Torino, Italy: Bollati Boringhieri, 176p.

Flynn, J. (2002). Looking behind the Appearances. Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 22p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Flynn, J. R. (2015). The march of reason: What was hidden in our genes. In S. Goldstein, D. Princiotta & J. A. Naglieri (Eds.), Handbook of intelligence: Evolutionary theory, historical perspective, and current concepts. (pp. 471-485). Springer.

Flynn, J. R. (2013). Intelligence. In B. Kaldis (Ed.), Encyclopedia of philosophy and the social sciences. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. [Encyclopaedia/Dictionary Entry].

Flynn, J. R., & Blair, C. (2013). The history of intelligence: New spectacles for developmental psychology. In P. D. Zelazo (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of developmental psychology: Body and mind (Vol. 1). (pp. 765-790). Oxford University Press.

Flynn, J. R. (2013). The Flynn effect. In D. S. Dunn (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies in psychology. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199828340-0150

Flynn, J. (2012). Flynn effect. In J. Banks (Ed.), Encyclopedia of diversity in education (Vol. 2). (pp. 922-927). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. doi: 10.4135/9781452218533.n293

Flynn, J. R. (2011). Black youth: The lost boys. In N. E. Hill, T. L. Mann & H. E. Fitzgerald (Eds.), African American children and mental health: Development and context (Vol. 1). (pp. 29-62). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Flynn, J. R. (2011). Secular changes in intelligence. In R. J. Sternberg & S. B. Kaufman (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of intelligence. (pp. 647-665). Cambridge University Press.

Flynn, J. R. (2011). Flynn Effect. In J. S. Kreutzer, J. DeLuca & B. Caplan (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. (pp. 1061-1065). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_1074

Flynn, J. R. (2009). Howard Gardner and the use of words. In B. Shearer (Ed.), MI at 25: Assessing the impact and future of multiple intelligences for teaching and learning. (pp. 56-68). New York: Teacher's College Press.

Flynn, J. R. (2009). The ideology of social democracy: The despotic state vs. the despotic market. In M. Francis & J. Tully (Eds.), In the public interest: Essays in honour of Professor Keith Jackson. (pp. 189-202). Christchurch, New Zealand: Canterbury University Press.

Flynn, J. R. (2008). The history of the American mind in the 20th century: A scenario to explain IQ gains over time and a case for the irrelevance of g. In P. C. Kyllonen, R. D. Roberts & L. Stankov (Eds.), Extending intelligence: Enhancement and new constructs. (pp. 207-222). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Flynn, J. (2008). Asian Americans: Achievement well beyond IQ. In J. Raven (Ed.), Uses and abuses of intelligence: Studies advancing Spearman and Raven's quest for non-arbitrary metrics. (pp. 415-430). New York: Royal Fireworks Press.

Flynn, J. R. (2008). Luria und das Paradox massiver IQ-Gewinne längs der Zeit [Luria and the paradox of massive IQ gains over time]. In G. W. Oesterdiekhoff & H. Rindermann (Eds.), Kultur und Kognition: Die Beiträge von Psychometrie und Piaget-Psychologie zum Verständnis kultureller Unterschiede [Intelligence and culture: The approaches of psychometrics and Piaget-psychology towards understanding culture compared]. (pp. 111-132). Munster, Germany: Lit Verlag.

Flynn, J. (2008). Excerpts from: “How to defend humane ideals”. In J. Raven (Ed.), Uses and abuses of intelligence: Studies advancing Spearman and Raven's quest for non-arbitrary metrics. (pp. 556-567). New York: Royal Fireworks Press.

Flynn, J. R. (2008). IQ controversy. In W. A. Darity (Ed.), International encyclopedia of the social sciences. (2nd ed.) (pp. 139-142). Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference.

Flynn, J. R. (2007). Arthur Jensen. In J. Moore (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (Vol. 2). USA: Macmillan Reference.

Flynn, J. R. (2007). The America who would be king: In praise of moral restraint or concerns of an acolyte of Thomas Hobbes. In D. B. MacDonald, R. G. Patman & B. Mason-Parker (Eds.), The ethics of foreign policy. (pp. 39-52). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

Flynn, J. R. (2006). O efeito Flynn: Repensando a inteligência e aquilo que a afeta [The effect Flynn: Repensando the intelligence and what the affects]. In C. Flores-Mendoza & R. Colom (Eds.), Introdução À psicologia das diferenças individuais. (pp. 387-411). Porto Alegre, Brazil: Artmed.

Flynn, J. R. (2005). The IQ debate. In C. Mitcham (Ed.), The encyclopedia of science, technology, and ethics. (Vol.2 ed.) (pp. 1057-1061). Detroit, USA: Macmillan Reference.

Flynn, J. R. (2004). The sociology of IQ: Enhancing cognitive skills. In M. Olssen (Ed.), Culture and learning: Access and opportunity in the classroom. (pp. 257-278). USA: Information Age Publishing.

Flynn, J. (2000). IQ gains, WISC subtests and fluid g: g theory and the relevance of Spearman's hypothesis to race (followed by discussion). In G. R. Bock, J. A. Goode & K. Webb (Eds.), Nature of Intelligence (Novartis Foundation Symposium 233). (pp. 202-227). New York: Wiley.

Flynn, J. (1999). IQ trends over time: intelligence, race, and meritocracy. In K. Arrow, S. Bowles & S. Durlauf (Eds.), Meritocracy and Economic Inequality. (pp. 35-60). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Flynn, J. (1998). The schools: IQ tests, labels, and the word "intelligence". In J. S. Carlson, J. Kingma & W. Tomic (Eds.), Advances in Cognition and Educational Practice, Volume 5, Conceptual Issues in Research on Intelligence. (pp. 13-42). London: JAI Press.

Flynn, J. (1998). IQ gains over time: toward finding the causes. In U. Neisser (Ed.), The Rising Curve: Long Term Gains in IQ and Related Measures. (pp. 25-66). Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Flynn, J. (1996). Scots, the physiological correlates of IQ, and the Milwaukee Project. In D. K. Detterman (Ed.), Current Topics in Human Intelligence, Vol 5: The Environment. (pp. 197-210). Norwood, N.J.: Ablex Publishing.

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Journal - Research Article

Flynn, J. R. (2018). Academic freedom and race: You ought not to believe what you think may be true. Journal of Criminal Justice, 59, 127-131. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2017.05.010

Flynn, J. R. (2017). Male and female balance sheet. Mankind Quarterly, 58(1), 43-68.

Flynn, J. R., & Shayer, M. (2017). IQ decline and Piaget: Does the rot start at the top? Intelligence, 66, 112-121. doi: 10.1016/j.intell.2017.11.010

Woodley of Menie, M. A., Peñaherrera, M. A., Fernandes, H. B. F., Becker, D., & Flynn, J. R. (2016). It's getting bigger all the time: Estimating the Flynn effect from secular brain mass increases in Britain and Germany. Learning & Individual Differences, 45, 95-100. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2015.11.004

Flynn, J. R. (2016). No population is frozen in time: The sociology of intelligence. Psychological Inquiry, 27(3), 205-209. doi: 10.1080/1047840X.2016.1181518

Flynn, J. R. (2014). The folly of writing history without a cognitive dimension. Mankind Quarterly, 54(3-4), 313-321.

Flynn, J. R., te Nijenhuis, J., & Metzen, D. (2014). The g beyond Spearman's g: Flynn's paradoxes resolved using four exploratory meta-analyses. Intelligence, 44(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.intell.2014.01.009

Flynn, J. R. (2013). The “Flynn Effect” and Flynn's paradox. Intelligence, 41(6), 851-857. doi: 10.1016/j.intell.2013.06.014

Flynn, J. R., & Rossi-Casé, L. (2012). IQ gains in Argentina between 1964 and 1998. Intelligence, 40(2), 145-150. doi: 10.1016/j.intell.2012.01.006

Flynn, J. (2012). Why IQs are rising: And why it's deadly serious. New Scientist, 215(2881), 26-27.

Nisbett, R. E., Aronson, J., Blair, C., Dickens, W., Flynn, J., & Halpern, D. F. (2012). Intelligence: New Findings and Theoretical Developments. American Psychologist, 67(2), 130-159. doi: 10.1037/a0026699

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