Ch10 - Chapter 10: Intelligence PSYC 120: Prof LeBreton...

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Chapter 10: Intelligence PSYC 120: Prof LeBreton What Is Intelligence? The ability to use inductive and deductive reasoning The cognitive capacity to reason, plan, solve problems and think abstractly General Intelligence ( g ) Intelligence is a general ability to solve problems that can be understood via well-designed mental tests Psychometrics – A branch of psychology dedicated to improving the way psychologists measure constructs of interest First attempts at psychometrics carried out by Galton (1822-1911) FACTOR ANALYSIS Factor Analysis - A statistical procedure used to lump similar variables together in order to reduce the amount of data one has to deal with Factor Analytic Results: A single factor, g , Sub-tests, S HIERARCHICAL PERSPECTIVE exists and is meaningful, but so are several sub-factors Various levels can be assessed depending on predictive purposes General Intelligence ( g ) General intelligence divided it into two components Fluid Intelligence
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Ch10 - Chapter 10: Intelligence PSYC 120: Prof LeBreton...

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