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Source: Journal of Individual Differences
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1. Hartmann, Peter
Spearman's Law of Diminishing Returns: A Look at Age Differentiation
Journal of Individual Differences 27,4 (2006): 199-207.
Cohort(s): NLSY79, NLSY97
Publisher: Hogrefe Publishing
Keyword(s): Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB); Children; Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI); g Factor; I.Q.; Test Scores/Test theory/IRT

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Spearman's Law of Diminishing Returns (SLODR) with regard to age was tested in two different databases from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. The first database consisted of 6,980 boys and girls aged 12-16 from the 1997 cohort (NLSY 1997). The subjects were tested with a computer-administered adaptive format (CAT) of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) consisting of 12 subtests. The second database consisted of 11,448 male and female subjects aged 15-24 from the 1979 cohort (NLSY 1979). These subjects were tested with the older 10-subtest version of the ASVAB. The hypothesis was tested by dividing the sample into Young and Old age groups while keeping IQ fairly constant by a method similar to the one developed and employed by Deary et al. (1996). The different age groups were subsequently factor-analyzed separately. The eigenvalue of the first principal component (PC1) and the first principal axis factor (PAF1), and the average intercorrelation of the subtests were used as estimates of the g saturation and compared across groups. There were no significant differences in the g saturation across age groups for any of the two samples, thereby pointing to no support for this aspect of Spearman's "Law of Diminishing Returns." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)
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Hartmann, Peter. "Spearman's Law of Diminishing Returns: A Look at Age Differentiation." Journal of Individual Differences 27,4 (2006): 199-207.