3 BellringerTake the next 3 minutes to list some behaviors you associate with the word intelligence.Sternberg’s research discovered that lay people (us) with no expertise in psychology generally think of intelligence as a mix of practical problem-solving ability, verbal ability, and social competence
4 Questions to Ponder How do you define the term intelligence? How do psychologists define the term intelligence?What is IQ and how is it measured?Why does intelligence matter?
5 Take a few minutes….Describe the difference between laziness and idleness.Which direction would you have to face so your right hand would be facing north?What does obliterate mean?In what way are hour and week alike?
6 What do you think?What do you think when you hear the following words:Aptitude?Potential ability, predicts an individual’s future achievementAbility?Refers to a skill that people already have
7 Theories of Intelligence Charles Spearman: early 20th century British psychologistDefined intelligence as a well, or spring, of mental energy that flows through every actionPeople who were bright in one area were typically bright in others (Is this always true?)Intelligent person understands things quickly, makes sound decisions, carries on interesting conversations, and tends to behave intelligently in different situations
8 Theories of Intelligence L. L. Thurstone: American psychologistArgued that intelligence was comprised of seven distinct mental abilities:S – Spatial Ability (perceive distance & shapes)P – Perceptual speedN – Numerical abilityV – Verbal LearningM – MemoryW – Word fluencyR – ReasoningSeven mental abilities were relatively independent of one anotherSeven abilities make up general intelligence
9 Theories of Intelligence R. B. Cattell (1971)Identified two clusters of mental abilities:Crystallized Intelligence: reasoning, verbal, & numerical skillsAbilities stressed in school; therefore, affected by formal educationFluid Intelligence: spatial skills, visual imagery, noticing visual details, & rote memoryAbilities gained from informal education (experience)
10 Theories of Intelligence Robert Sternberg: (1985) American psychologist (on the video)Argues that intelligence encompasses a wide variety of skillsTriarchic Theory of Intelligence: intelligence involves:Componential Intelligence: mental skillsExperiential Intelligence: creative adaptabilityContextual Intelligence: environmental responsiveness
11 Sternberg’s Theory of Intelligence Triarchic theoryCreativeAnalyticalFinding new ways to solve problems and deal with situationsThe ability to solve problemsPracticalTo help adjust to and cope with one’s environment
12 Applying Sternberg’s Theory Turn to page 309 to see examples of questions that evaluate experiential & contextual intelligences.Take a few minutes and answer 1, 4, 8, & 9 on a sheet of paper.
13 Theories of Intelligence Howard Gardner: (1993) Professor at Harvard University: Multiple IntelligencesGardner’s BiographyProject HarvardArgues that intelligence is made up of many separate abilities or multiple intelligences, each of which is relatively independent of the others (What theory does this sound like?)
15 Logical-Mathematical Intelligence Ability to process and compute logical problems and equationsExamples include:Solving Algebra problems, balance your checkbook, solve logic problems
16 Linguistic Intelligence Ability to utilize languageSkill at learning, using, and understanding languages
17 Spatial IntelligenceAbility to comprehend shapes and images in three dimensionPutting puzzles together or molding sculptures
18 Musical Intelligence Ability to perform and compose music Performing and comprehending musicMozart, Beethoven3:31
19 Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence Ability to perceive and control movement, balance, agility, graceSense of how body should act and react in a physically demanding situation
20 Interpersonal intelligence Ability to interact with and understand others and to interpret their behaviorGauging other’s moods and motivations
21 Intrapersonal Intelligence Ability to understand and sense oneselfSkill at using self-esteem, self-enhancement, and strength of character to solve internal problems.
22 Naturalist Intelligence Ability to identify and classify patterns and relationships in natural surroundingsSkill at distinguishing differences amount large numbers of similar objects
23 Emotional Intelligence Related to Gardner’s inter- and intrapersonal intelligencesFour Major Aspects:Ability to perceive and express emotions accurately and appropriatelyAbility to use emotions while thinkingAbility to understand emotions and use the knowledge effectivelyAbility to regulate one’s emotions to promote personal growthLinked emotional intelligence with success in the workplace
24 Intelligence Tests1904, Alfred Binet & Theodore Simon - Parisian school wanted a way to pick out the “slow learners” in order to place them I special classes.Mental Age v. Chronological Age
25 Intelligence Quotient Originally computed by dividing mental age by chronological age and multiply by 100(mental age/chronological age) x 100 = IQ
26 Mental Level v. Mental Age Why do we think IQ is relatively permanent?Alfred Binet originally used the term mental level rather than mental ageHe thought mental age to be fixed and unchangeable, but mental level as an ordered progression of developmentBinet also disliked IQ because he felt it was misleading to represent human intelligence in a single number
27 Levels of Mental Retardation Mild Retardation (low 50s-70s)The individual may be able to function adequately in society. The individual is “educable”: S/he can learn academic skills comparable to those of a sixth-grader and can be minimally self-supporting, although requiring special help at times of unusual distress.Moderate Retardation (Mid 30s-low 50s)These people profit from vocational training and may be able to travel alone. They can learn on a second-grade level and perform skilled work in a sheltered workshop if provided with supervision and guidance.
28 Levels of Mental Retardation Severe Retardation (low 20s - mid 30s)Such people do not learn to talk or practice basic hygiene until after age six. Although they cannot learn vocational skills, simple tasks can be carried out with supervision.Profound Retardation (Below 25)Constant care is needed. Usually people in this group have a diagnosed neurological disorder.
29 Wechsler TestsWechser-Adult Intelligence Scale, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (age 6-16), and Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scales of Intelligences (4-6.5)Gives a more detailed picture of the individual’s strengths and weaknesses than a single IQ score does.
30 Nature v. NurtureResearchers have found a high degree of heritability (the degree to which a characteristic is related to inherited genetic factors)Studying identical twinsHow do you think environment can effect intelligence? Genetics?
31 More about…. Family size and IQ: The classical study of family size and IQ was conducted in the Netherlands. It was based on the military examinations of more than 386,000 Dutch people. Researchers found that the brightest children came from the smallest families and had few, if any, brothers and sisters when they were born. Thus, the first-born child in a family of two was usually brighter than the last child in a family of 10.
32 How does Family size affect IQ? Home environmentLarger families spend less parental time with children, spend more time with other childrenInterpersonal skills improve, but (general) intelligence suffers
33 Cultural Bias How does your culture effect your IQ score? Criticisms of the wording used on tests may be more familiar to people of one social group than to another groupExample:“What would you do if you were sent to buy a loaf of bread and the grocer said he did not have any more?”Correct answer: “Go to another store.”Minority students answered: “Go home.” Why?
34 Larry P. v Riles (1979) P.A.S.E. v Hannon (1980) Parents of African-American children placed in classes for the mentally retarded based solely on culturally biased IQ testsOne judge ruled IQ tests were biasedOne judge ruled IQ tests were valid and nondiscriminatory
35 Cultural BiasHenry H. Goddard administered psychological tests to immigrants coming into Ellis Island in 1917.Found the following groups feebleminded:80% of the Hungarians79% of the Italians87% of the RussiansQuestions were “What is Crisco?” “Who is Christy Mathewson?” (NY Yankee’s pitcher)Congress based the restrictive immigration laws of 1924 on the statistics from these culturally biased tests.
36 Dove Counterbalance Intelligence Test “T-Bone Walker” got famous for playing what?TromboneGuitarPiano“T-flute”“Hambone”Who did “Stagger Lee” kill (in the famous blues legend)?His motherFrankieJohnnyHis girlfriendBillyWhat characteristics would a test without cultural bias have?
37 Measuring Intelligence Aptitude Tests: attempt to discover talents and predict how well a person will be able to learn a new skillGeneral Aptitude Test Battery (GATB)SAT & ACT, LSAT, MCAT, GRE, MATAchievement Tests: measure how much a person has already learnedFinal Exams, Comprehensive Exams, AHSGEIntelligence Tests: measures IQ
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