Measuring Intelligence | Multiple Intelligence | Emotional Intelligence | Creativity
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Intelligence is not easily defined. It stems from different places in the brain and is made up of distinct characteristics. Combined, these characteristics are what we call human intelligence. The aspects of which intelligence is comprised of include communication, abstract thought, reasoning, understanding, learning, and using past experiences to prepare them for the future.

Just like everything else, intelligence is split up into different components and theories.

-- "G"

Some people advocate the theory of general intelligence, or "g" - the idea that people's mental capacities will make them more or less proficient at taking cognitive tests. Francis Galton was the first scientist to hypothesize the theory of general intelligence; he stated that intelligence is a biologically-based mental faculty that can be studied by measuring a person’s reaction times to cognitive tasks. Here are 2011 AP Psych students defending the concept of "g."


-- "MI"

Another set of theories argue that we have multiple intelligences. This says that different people learn differently, it also presents the concept that not every humans brain functions and acts in the same manner. The Multiple Intelligence theory also declares that every human has a certain facet of “intelligence” that is easier every person to comprehend and consciously understand. Psychologists studying Multiple Intelligences have built upon each other and have also come up with contrasting ideas about the same topic. Howard Gardner, the most popular psychologist in the last century, has established seven specific types of intelligence.

Another component of intelligence is the theory of Emotional Intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the how one reacts to their surrounding community and specifically with the people they are around.