Friday, February 28, 2014

Supreme Court Case May Stop States That Still Execute Mentally Disabled

The justices banned execution of mentally disabled people in 2002. Now they are poised to tell death penalty states that they really meant it.

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The Journal of Law and the Biosciences Online Now
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I'm pleased to be a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Law and the Biosciences. Best of all: it's open access and shaping up to be a top-notch journal. Here's the TOC for the first issue: Edward...

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Intellectually disabled but on death row: The troubling case of Freddie Hall


Marc Tasse LA Times editorial on Hall v Florida SCOTUS case

I thought you'd like this:

Intellectually disabled but on death row: The troubling case of Freddie Hall
Shortly after his birth in 1945, Freddie Hall's family knew that something was different about him. And later, he was slow to learn, to walk and to talk, and it was challenging for his family to understand his speech. He was raised under difficult circumstances in an impoverished and abusive home, the 16th of 17 children, and showed early signs of serious intellectual and developmental delays.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

On the road

I am traveling for a week and will be off the blogging grid. I shall return

Kevin McGrew
Educational Psychologist
Director, Institute for Applied Psychometrics

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hall v Florida SCOTUS case: Amicus Briefs by APA and AAIDD


The Atkins case of Hall v Florida will be heard by SCOTUS shortly. Like most Atkins cases, the issues are complex. But the essence of the case is Florida's "bright line" test for the first ID Dx prong...which, based on the FLorida Cherry Court decision, is set at a firm IQ score of 70 with no recognition of the standard error of measurement (SEM).

Both APA and AAIDD have spearheaded two separate Amicus Briefs, which also include other organizations. The two briefs have now been posted in the brief sidebar of this blog. They can also be found at the links below.

APA led Amicus Brief

AAIDD led Amicus Brief



Saturday, February 8, 2014

Emotional Intelligence (EI) a new broad CHC ability?

Very interesting study suggesting that Ge (broad emotional intelligence) should be considered as a new entry into the CHC taxonomy of intelligence. I love the "big picture" model figure.....of course, it is an adaption of my 2009 model in the journal Intelligence.