Studying Intelligence: Biological vs. Environmental Factors


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Many studies suggest that intelligence is affected by

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1. The relationship between poverty and intelligence is an example of which of the following?

2. Why is it likely that an 80 yr old (say, Henry) would have a higher crystallized intelligence than a 20 year old (say, Jeanette)?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of biological bases of intelligence and the theories surrounding how we acquire intelligence. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include knowledge acquisition and intelligence testing.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Factors influencing intelligence
  • The definition of fluid intelligence
  • The definition of crystallized intelligence
  • What the Flynn effect refers to and what may cause it

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on biological bases of intelligence
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about intelligence in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the Flynn effect and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as fluid and crystallized intelligence
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the factors that may influence intelligence

Additional Learning

To learn more about intelligence, review the accompanying lesson on Biological Bases of Intelligence. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify biological and genetic factors regarding intelligence
  • Differentiate between fluid and crystallized intelligence
  • Understand how intelligence scores have increased over the years