POLS 2000 Chapter Notes - Chapter 4: Intellectual Disability, Jean Piaget, Neurofibromatosis

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Chapter 4: understanding intelligence and adaptive skills (p. 11-30) Fetal activity at various prenatal periods appears to have a relationship to a baby"s temperament, and even early fussiness. Linkages between assessments during infancy and later abilities are modest at best: mothers should have good nutrition and not partake in certain substances during pregnancy, get reasonable rest, and more. Subtle controls like trying to make your baby more intelligent, creative, or socially adept are quite difficult because some comes from genes, some comes from environment. Parents should try to avoid environmental contributors that may cause damage (e. g. toxic substances, drugs, alcohol: no physical or intellectual differences between humans has been more controversial than intelligence. The computer age has made the necessity of determining which individuals are intelligent more pronounced. Intellectual disabilities clearly involve matters other than measured intelligence. Intelligence has too frequently been conceived in a linear fashion because of the development of quantitative measures; qualitative factors must also be considered.

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