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Five Characteristics of Intelligent People

Five characteristics that I feel are exhibited by intelligent people are:
â?¢Musically inclined
â?¢High level of mathematical skills
â?¢Problem Solvers
Chapter 9 of our textbook addresses about a British psychologist Charles Spearman who created new techniques in measuring intelligence. His research led to a theory called two-factor theory of intelligence. Spearman described that all intelligence tests have a commonality in them in which he called "g." Spearman described the "g factor as a some type of electrochemical mental energy available to the brain for problem solving" (Cohen & Swerdlik, 2010). Intelligence tests measure a person's abstract-reasoning problems. Some factors include mechanical, mathematical abilities, and linguistic. I believe that the similarities of my choice of characteristics to Spearman's theory is that of problem solving and high level of mathematical skills. Intelligent people tend to display the ability to problem solve whether it is ever day life issues or mathematical problems. They enjoy the challenge which pushes them to figure out a solution to a problem. The differences in my chosen characteristics match with Gardner's theory of multiple intelligence instead of Spearman's theory. "Gardner developed a theory of seven intelligences: logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, linguistic, musical, spatial, interpersonal, and intrapersonal" (Cohen & Swerdlik, 2010). My list matches the logical-mathematical and musical intelligences. I believe that intelligence is what one understands and keeps with him or her. People learn from employment, education, and life experiences. I also believe that an intelligent person differs from a smart person. A smart person learns from the world around him or her and learns to adapt. To answer this DQ, I chose Spearman's theory but the more I read over Chapter 9, the more I liked Gardner's theory of intelligence

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