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September 3, 2014

September colloquium speaker

Please note room change to Eccles Conference Center room 201/203.

Join us in welcoming Michael Eid, PhD from Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany.  Dr. Eid will present the September Colloquium titled "What does a g factor really measure".  The presentation will be held on September 9, 2014 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am in the 201/203 Eccles Conference Center.

Dr. Eid is a professor of psychological methods and evaluation at Freie Universitat, Berlin.  

Since Spearman’s definition of the g factor of intelligence g factor models enjoy great popularity in psychology. Because the existence of a g factor can always be assumed the question arises what such a factor really measures—from a psychological and psychometric point of view. Is it really reasonable to assume g factors in psychology? Referring to practical examples from different areas of psychology the problems of traditional g factor models are illustrated. Moreover, it will be shown how measurement theory can help to define new models that can circumvent the problems of traditional g factor models. The talk is “equation-free” and uses empirical examples to illustrate the general rationale of traditional and more modern g factor models.