Heiner Rindermann

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Heiner Rindermann (born 1966) is a German psychologist and educational researcher.

Academic career[edit]

Rindermann received a Ph.D. in psychology in 1995 on the subject of teacher evaluations from Heidelberg University and completed a Habilitation in 2005 on the topic of teacher quality at University of Koblenz and Landau. In September 2007 he was appointed professor for evaluation and methodology of developmental psychology at the University of Graz. Since April 2010, Rindermann holds the Chair of Educational and Developmental Psychology at the Technical University of Chemnitz.[1][2]

According to New Statesman, Rindermann has served on the editorial board of the journal Intelligence, has been a frequent contributor to Mankind Quarterly, and has helped to organized conferences for the International Society for Intelligence Research.[3] Rindermann has attended the London Conference on Intelligence, and was one of 15 attendees to collaborate on a letter defending the conference following media reports of its association with eugenics. The letter was published in Intelligence in 2018.[3][4]


Rindermann does research in educational psychology, developmental psychology, differential psychology, pedagogy, and clinical psychology.[5][6][7][8]

Intelligence and education[edit]

A 2007 study by Rindermann found a high correlation between the results of international student assessment studies including TIMSS, PIRLS, and PISA, and national average IQ scores.[9][non-primary source needed] The results were broadly similar to those in Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen's book IQ and the Wealth of Nations. According to Earl B. Hunt, due to there being far more data available, Rindermann's analysis was more reliable than those by Lynn and Vanhanen. By measuring the relationship between educational data and social well-being over time, this study also performed a causal analysis, finding that nations investing in education leads to increased well-being later on.[10]

Some of Rindermann's work has concentrated on the "smart fraction" theory, which states that the prosperity and performance of a society depends on the proportion of the population that is above a particular threshold of intelligence, with the threshold point being well above the general median intelligence level in most societies.[11][12][non-primary source needed]

Rindermann's book Cognitive capitalism: Human capital and the wellbeing of nations was released by Cambridge University Press in 2018.[13] Russell T. Warne reviewed the book for Intelligence in 2019, writing "Despite the flaws, the overall structure and theory of Cognitive Capitalism is strong."[14]


  1. ^ "Heiner Rindermann, Autorenprofil". zpid.de (in German). Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  2. ^ Rindermann, Heiner. "Curriculum Vitae - Prof. Dr. Heiner Rindermann" (in German). Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Van Der Merwe, Ben (19 February 2018). "It might be a pseudo science, but students take the threat of eugenics seriously". New Statesman. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  4. ^ Woodley of Menie, Michael A.; Dutton, Edward; Figueredo, Aurelio-José; Carl, Noah; Debes, Fróði; Hertler, Steven; Irwing, Paul; Kura, Kenya; Lynn, Richard; Madison, Guy; Meisenberg, Gerhard; Miller, Edward M.; te Nijenhuis, Jan; Nyborg, Helmuth; Rindermann, Heiner (September 2018). "Communicating intelligence research: Media misrepresentation, the Gould Effect, and unexpected forces". Intelligence. 70: 84–87. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2018.04.002.
  5. ^ Rindermann, Heiner. "Prof. Dr. Heiner Rindermann - Forschungsschwerpunkte" (in German). Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  6. ^ Rindermann, Heiner; Rost, Detlef (September 7, 2010). "Intelligenz von Menschen und Ethnien: Was ist dran an Sarrazins Thesen?". faz.net (in German). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  7. ^ Rindermann, Heiner (September 12, 2010). "Das Wesen der Intelligenz". nzz.ch (in German). Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  8. ^ "Entwicklungspsychologie: Kita-Kinder lernen besser. FR vom 14.8.08" (PDF) (in German). Retrieved 2011-03-07.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Rindermann, Heiner (August 8, 2007). "The g-factor of international cognitive ability comparisons: the homogeneity of results in PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS and IQ-tests across nations". European Journal of Personality. 21 (5): 667–706. doi:10.1002/per.634.
  10. ^ Hunt, Earl. Human Intelligence. Cambridge University Press, 2011. Page 440-443.
  11. ^ Rindermann, Heiner; Sailer, Michael; Thompson, James (2009). "The impact of smart fractions, cognitive ability of politicians and average competences of peoples on social development" (PDF). Talent Development & Excellence. 1 (1): 3–25. ISSN 1869-0459.
  12. ^ "Are the Wealthiest Countries the Smartest Countries?" (Press release). Association for Psychological Science. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  13. ^ Heiner., Rindermann, (2018). Cognitive Capitalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107279339. OCLC 1022780859.
  14. ^ Warne, Russell T. (March 2019). "Review: Cognitive capitalism: Human capital and the wellbeing of nations by Heiner Rindermann, Cambridge University Press (2018)". Intelligence. 73: 63–64. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2019.02.001.