Volume 51, July–August 2015, Pages 67–70

A negative Flynn Effect in France, 1999 to 2008–9

  • a University of Oulu, Finland
  • b University of Ulster, UK

Highlights

French IQ declined by 3.8 points, 1999–2008/9.

Symbol Search showed smallest decline. No change in digit span.

Results are inline with 7 studies showing a Negative Flynn Effect in Europe.

Likely a reflection of a broader dysgenic trend.


Abstract

The results of the French WAIS III (1999) and the French WAIS IV (2008–9) are compared based on a sample of 79 subjects aged between 30 years and 63 years who took both tests in 2008–2009. It is shown that between 1999 and 2008–9 the French Full Scale IQ declined by 3.8 points.

Keywords

  • France;
  • Flynn effect;
  • Intelligence;
  • WAIS III;
  • WAIS IV
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