Sunday, January 18, 2015

Article: Shorter, better, faster, free: Blogging changes the nature of academic research, not just how it is communicated

Many of the reasons I blog are summarized in this excellent piece.

Shorter, better, faster, free: Blogging changes the nature of academic research, not just how it is communicated

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

AAIDD "The Death Penalty and Intellectual Disability: A Guide" Press release

The staff from AAIDD gave me permission to post a copy of the official AAIDD press release about the new publication on ID and the death penalty (Atkins cases).  A PDF copy of the release can be found here.

Friday, January 9, 2015

New and redesigned ISIR (International Society for Intelligence Research) web page!

It had been a while since I visited the ISIR web page.  I checked today and see that it has been completely redesigned.  It is AWESOME.  For those serious about human intelligence research, ISIR is THE professional organization one needs to join.  I have attended a couple of their conferences and they are top notch.  I hope to attend the 2015 conference in Sept.

New challenge awaits Georgia’s death-sentence standard

When Robert Wayne Holsey was put to death in Georgia recently, it marked yet the latest occasion when top appellate courts declined to consider the state's strict burden of proof for capital defendants seeking to be spared execution based on "intellectual disability.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

AAIDD's "Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty: A Guide" now available!

The AAIDD ID and death penalty guide is now available at the AAIDD webpage!  Although the title is focused on the death penalty and ID (Atkins cases), having written two of the chapters (Flynn effect; Intellectual functioning), I believe all professionals in the field of psychological, assessment and ID should have this reference book--it presents recommendations for ID practice that go well beyond the official AAIDD classification book (the Green book) and are relevant to ID assessment practices in general.

Description of the guide at the AAIDD webpage.

  • In the 2002 landmark decision Atkins v. Virginia 536 U.S. 304, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that executing a person with intellectual disability is a violation of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment,” but left states to determine their own criteria for intellectual disability. AAIDD has always advocated against the death penalty for people with intellectual disability and has long provided amicus curiae briefs in Supreme Court cases. Thus, in this comprehensive new book published by AAIDD, notable authors in the field of intellectual disability discuss all aspects of the issues, with a particular focus on foundational considerations, assessment factors and issues, and professional concerns in Atkins assessments.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dr. Kevin McGrew 2015 presentations/workshops as of 1-7-15

FYI.  The blogmaster (Dr. Kevin "IQ" McGrew; aka the Time Doc) has a number of scheduled conference/workshop presentations scheduled for the first part of 2015.  This list is up-to-date as of 1-7-15.  This document, which can be downloaded by clicking here, will be updated when necessary.  These different presentations deal with developments in the CHC model of intelligence or the new WJ IV battery.  Additional information can be found at the MindHub.