Unit XI - Intelligence Testing

Let's Talk Intelligence

Journal Questions

What is your definition of intelligence?
  • Intelligence is a measure of ability to complete a task; this ability engulfs method of completetion, knowledge of the task at hand, etc.
  • knowing what to do in certain situations

If you had to create an "intelligence test" what is one question or task you would require the test taker to do? (examples: figure out a math problem? parallel park an SUV?? change a diaper??)
  • EX: intelligence in math; present a problem that takes the utilization of several methods, and have the test taker complete the task using the various different methods to achieve the proper answer. This test will assess the test takers ability to use various methods, and to think abstractly and concretely to apply the proper steps to solve the problem.

Do you consider yourself to be an intelligent person? How so? Give an example.
  • No, I dont know anything.

Can intelligence be taught??? Explain!!
  • To a degree; certain methods can be taught, certain topics can be learned, but overall intelligence depends on the person, and the course of naturethis sort-of coincides with nature vs. nurture; some people can be born with the ability to easily learn by watching, while others can consistently practice a certain task, and still be subpar at it. I think it boils down to the locus of control, and the external forces what youre born with.

How should we go about figuring who is intelligent and who isn't????
  • There isnt a set way to assess intelligence. You can assess ones intelligence in a subject, but the different kinds of intelligence vary, i.e. intelligence in different subjects. I guess it is possible to test logic and reasoning by presenting a person with a test that assess their ability to solve problems and reason through to find a viable solution.

Explain one time in your life when you felt incredibly intelligent! And of course, one time when you felt "not so" intelligent.
  • 1. Never.
  • 2. All the time; esp. when I feel confident in my work, i.e. in math class, when I’m confident on a math test, I usually get my answer wrong. L

PsychSim 5: GET SMART Date: _3/21/2012
This activity will explore the concept of intelligence and some of the methods of measuring intelligence.

Intelligence and Adaptability
• What does it mean to say that intelligence is a social construct?
  • It is a concept that humans invented in order to explain individual differents, and not an actual trait such as blood type or height that can be measured objectively. it means that there can be no universally accepted definition of intelligence.

• What do two children from dramatically different cultures (a boy working on an arrow and a girl working on a computer) have in common?
  • While their actions look as different as their clothing and setting, these children have much in common: they are working to perfect skills their societies deem important-- to become "intelligent" in their culture's terms.

Verbal Versus Nonverbal Abilities
• Describe one verbal and one performance subtest of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS).
  • Information: answer general-knowledge questions
  • picture completion: identify the missing part of a picture

Multiple Intelligences
• Name and describe four of Gardner’s eight “intelligences.”
  • linguistic Intelligence - word smarts
  • logical-mathematical intelligence - number smarts
  • spatial intelligence - space smarts
  • musical intelligence- music smarts
  • bodilt-kinesthetic intelligence - body smarts
  • interpersonal intelligence - people smarts
  • intrapersonal intelligence - self-smarts
  • naturalist intelligence - nature smarts

Match Sternberg’s three “intelligences” with their descriptors:

o _B Analytic A. Problem-solving in everyday tasks
o C_ Practical B. Problem-solving in novel tasks
o _A Creative C. Problem-solving in structured, well-defined tasks

Emotional Intelligence
• Define “emotional intelligence.”
  • Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive, express, understand, and regulate emotions.