Ch 6: Determinants & Theories of Intelligence

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Jump into this overview of determinants and theories of intelligence to review group differences in human abilities, social influences on intelligence, and more. Concise yet information-packed, the lessons are designed to help you with homework or exam preparation.

Determinants & Theories of Intelligence - Chapter Summary

During the process of going through these lessons, you will strengthen your knowledge of determinants and theories of intelligence. The biological bases of intelligence is explored in these lessons. This interactive chapter can also assist you with understanding how to interpret IQ scores. After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to:

  • List factors that influence a person's intelligence
  • Discuss social and eco-cultural influences on intelligence
  • Explain Charles Spearman's theory of intelligence
  • Provide examples of primary and secondary mental abilities
  • Recount the contribution made by J.P. Guilford to psychology
  • Discuss differences in test scores across racial/ethnic groups
  • Recall methods used to measure intelligence

These lessons will help you absorb details concerning determinants and theories of intelligence. Vocabulary words are in bold font for quick reference. A brief quiz is available to gauge your knowledge of each lesson, and the quizzes can be printed for use as a handy study tool.

7 Lessons in Chapter 6: Determinants & Theories of Intelligence
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Studying Intelligence: Biological vs. Environmental Factors

1. Studying Intelligence: Biological vs. Environmental Factors

Have you ever wondered if your intelligence is entirely due to genetics or if it's shaped by the environment surrounding you? In this lesson, you'll learn about the factors that affect and influence a person's intelligence.

Social & Eco-Cultural Influences on Intelligence

2. Social & Eco-Cultural Influences on Intelligence

Intelligence is influenced by a great many different factors. This lesson defines social and eco-cultural factors and details how these factors affect intelligence with regard to climate, group and stress factors.

Charles Spearman: Theory of Intelligence & Overview

3. Charles Spearman: Theory of Intelligence & Overview

The field of psychology has always been interested in intelligence, what it is, and how it impacts an individual's ability to be successful in life. In this lesson, you will meet Charles Spearman and learn about his general factor theory of intelligence and some of his other accomplishments.

Primary & Secondary Mental Abilities: Definition & Examples

4. Primary & Secondary Mental Abilities: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will look into what primary and secondary mental abilities are, including fluid and crystallized intelligence and ways that they can be measured.

J.P. Guilford: Studies & Contribution to Psychology

5. J.P. Guilford: Studies & Contribution to Psychology

J.P. Guilford's influence on psychology helped to change the concept of intellect and how it was measured, as well as revealing the creative process used to solve problems. Read on to learn more about this important psychologist.

Individual & Group Differences in Human Abilities

6. Individual & Group Differences in Human Abilities

Intelligence is affected via individual and group factors. This lesson looks at intelligence as a construct that is shaped by individual factors such as diet and peers, it also examines group factors such as race and ethnicity.

Methods of Measuring Intelligence: Interpreting IQ Scores & Score Range

7. Methods of Measuring Intelligence: Interpreting IQ Scores & Score Range

You've probably heard of 'IQ,' but do you really know what it means? This lesson covers the history and theory behind the famous idea of an intelligence quotient (including the inventor of IQ, Alfred Binet), and will help you learn how to understand and interpret IQ scores.

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