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1. Supporters of IQ/crime link argue: A. Low intelligence favors impulsive crimes - Immediate reward (quick action = quick reward) B. Low intelligence also favors poor ability to reason abstractly - Make decisions about current and incorrect courses of action - “right” from “wrong” C. Low intelligence correlates to inability to perform well in school - Failure in class leads to feelings of unfairness - Failure in school also correlates to failure in work. D. Low intelligence suggests poor moral development -> leads to weak  internal controls E. Low intelligence linked to less ability to assess risk of crime - Planned crimes less likely to detect - Explains variations in crime rates by IQ score Problems:  1. Does IQ measure innate abilities to reason abstractly, or general abilities  related or determined by environment? -
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