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Psychology 1000 Lecture Notes - Noam Chomsky, Criterion Validity, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale

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PSYCH 1000

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Chapter 9 -Intelligence
Psychometric Approach
Next Time: More Intelligence
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What is intelligence?
How do you measure intelligence?
Are IQ tests biased?
Consider the following sentence "smoking volcanoes can be bad for your health". According to
Chomsky, this sentence has: 2 deep and 1 surface structure - meaning that could be there
What is intelligence?
A host of abilities (memory, creativity, etc)
What a test measures
o Pop out numbers - that measure intelligence
o Different tests measure different things
But tests can be misleading
o Make sure everything is being covered
o May not give all the things you need
Several studies indicate that unschooled people in remote villages can solve syllogisms
o Eg. All cats have 4 legs. I have four legs. Therefore, I am a cat.
o If you don’t have any remote schooling, you will not be able to solve these
Suggests that preliterate people do not (or can not) use logical analysis
o Some may say they are not as intelligent as other people
o Understand what that culture is all about before assuming this
All Kpelle men are rice farmers, Mr. Smith is not a rice farmer. Is he a Kpelle man?
o Why cant they tell you
They don’t know him
Make a prediction - they don’t talk about things they know nothing about
Such an intelligent answer that is not captured through logical approach
Ecological approach
o To understand all views
Psychometric Approach
Galton (1869)
Relatives of intelligent people - is there a biological connection?
o Yes there is
Starts research program to identify those with low ability
Measures simple motor and sensory abilities
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