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Intelligence and psych.test construction A continuation of the theories of intelligence and the requirements of a good psychological test and methods of assessing the quality of tests.

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PSYC 1010
Rebecca Jubis
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Amanda E.
Feb 3rd, 2011
PSYCH 1010
*There will be a film next week
Continuation from last week’s intelligence testing...
WAIS (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale)
*there are sub-tests within the WAIS and each have their own score
*VERBAL: information, comprehension, arithmetic, similarities, digit
span, vocabulary
Eg.of test items *PERFORMANCE: digit symbol, substitution, picture completion, block
*A more recent approach to Intelligence is the COGNITIVE PERSPECTIVE: the
process of intelligence rather than the amount of intelligence. How people USE the
intelligence they have.
*Sternberg theory and the Triarch of Intelligence (see text book for diagram)
*sub theory of the triarch of intelligence is the experiential sub theory: how
the past will influence intelligence and vice versa. How effectively can we
deal with new experiences?
Three facets of intelligence
Analytical-assess the traditional IQ areas, academics
Creative intelligence: Ability to generate new ideas
Practical intelligence: dealing effectively with everyday problems in life.
*Gardner theory of intelligence has 8 types of intelligence as opposed to
Sternberg’s 3 types.
See the textbook for a chart of his categories of intelligence.
*EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: The ability to perceive and express emotion,
assimilate/incorporate emotion in thought, understand and reason with emotion and
regulate emotion.
Characteristics of emotional intelligence: impulse control, motivated,
persistent. It is thought that people with high emotional intelligence will do better
when compared to others who are equal in all other aspects.
The following are criteria that must be met in order to develop a good test:
*STANDARDIZATION: A uniform procedure whereby the original test questions are
administered to a large group in order to :
a) produce questions that can discriminate among people(if everyone gets it right
or wrong then not a good question, the question must be able to determine who
possesses certain knowledge)
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