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3 34902  J    MARVELLOUS 110 2 46 25 6 31
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9 34908  J    BEAT-UP 102 6 57 18 20 1
10 34909  J    TASK-ORIENTED 118 4 0 16 4 94
 

Indeed, Burt's posthumous notoriety exceeds even the considerable fame he enjoyed during his long career. In his famous study of the IQs of fifty-three pairs of MZA twins -- monozygotic (identical) twins reared apart -- Burt had shown a high correlation (.77) between the general intelligence of separately raised twins. What became known as the "Burt scandal "surfaced in 1976, five years after Burt's death. The psychologist was accused of faking data and fabricating both research assistants and co-authors to lend his deception authenticity. The main thrust of the attackers' effort was to discredit Burt's major theory -- that genetic factors are strongly involved in human intelligence -- as well as the body of research that supports it. Still, Burt was not without his defenders. A number of scholars, mainly former associates, rose to his defense, writing articles and letters to newspapers and making television appearances. The controversy continued for three years. Then,

 
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