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PSYA02 Jan 14, 2012 Music tastes can reflect intelligence (maybe?) (based on college test scores)  Examples: Lil Wayne (Low); Beethoven (High) Studying Individual Differences Behaviourists would not have liked the study of intelligence because it cannot be objectively measured. Intelligence and personality (and to a point, development) are based on the study of individual differences not the average, unlike other types of studies. Intelligence Most (socialist) societies believe that it is expected for people in high-paying positions should pay taxes to fund public education, to help the younger generation be successful.  an educated (intelligent?) populace leads to a better country … more innovation, stronger economy … power An ability to measure “intelligence” might be beneficial in a couple of ways … 1. It allows you to assess whether certain educational approaches lead to higher levels of success 2. It may allow one to tailor a child‟s education to their current abilities There are some problems with standardized tests: the United States is less successful on these tests compared to other countries. They are usually beaten by the Asian countries. However, most innovation comes out of the United States.  So what is the true measure of intelligence then? France used standardized tests to filter students who were „less intelligent‟ in some subject into classes where they would excel and not hold back the „more intelligent‟ students. A Brief History Galton studied how fast people could react to things; he believed that people had different „wiring‟ speeds. PSYA02 Jan 14, 2012  measuring their ability to make sensory discriminations which he assumed were linked to intellectual prowess. Binet believed that intelligence wasn‟t measured by sensory discriminations but by written tests targeting such things as imagery, attention, comprehension, imagination, judgements of visual space, memory, etc…  The Binet-Simon test (1905) was the first such test  Binet-Simon Scale was revised in 1916 and was then called the Stanford-Binet Scale o th
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