Flynn Effect: Definition & Explanation


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The Flynn effect refers to the fact that in the past century intelligence test scores have:

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1. Improvements in intelligence test scores can be attributed to all of the following EXCEPT:

2. James Flynn argued that the increase in intelligence test scores over the last century could be due to:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Flynn effect is an important concept in the study of intelligence, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of its significance and causes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following:

  • Focus of the Flynn effect
  • Catalyst for improvements in test scores
  • James Flynn's views on increased intelligence test scores
  • Book that popularized the term 'Flynn effect'
  • Views of Raymond Catell and John Horn

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the Flynn effect
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding James Flynn's theory of why intelligence test scores have risen
  • Lesson comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related psychology lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson titled Flynn Effect: Definition & Explanation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the origin of the term 'Flynn effect'
  • Understand James Flynn's theory on the cause of the Flynn effect
  • Define crystallized intelligence and fluid intelligence
  • Understand the focus of the ''nature vs. nurture'' debate and how it relates to intelligence