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Intelligence testing

Use resources to locate at least three articles concerning intelligence testing.

Use your selected articles to prepare an article analysis in which you address the following items:

Analyze at least two theories of intelligence related to the content of your selected articles.
Evaluate the effectiveness of intelligence testing.

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"Hey you're pretty stupid!" exclaimed an onlooker of Homer Simpson's crazy shenanigans in the syndicated cartoon series The Simpsons. While Homer has always been called stupid, inept, and several other phrases to define his lack of "intelligence", this episode is special because Homer isn't considered "stupid". Quite the contrary, it was discovered that Homer Simpson could be intelligent and as he began to become intelligent, his life changed drastically to the dismay of both his family and friends. This presents a perplexing question, is Homer's new transformation considered intelligent? Within the fantasy society of the syndicated cartoon, it is relatively easy to define whether an individual is intelligent, however within society outside controlled aspects of animators and episode planners; intelligence is not as easy to define. Intelligence in a modern context is still a complex topic within society, despite the century of research devoted to intelligence itself. While intelligence itself is still misunderstood, the research available for intelligence has led to a variety of differing standards to determine if an individual is statistically considered intelligent. One of the most important standards of determining intelligence is the use of intelligence testing. Intelligence testing while an empirical indicator of common intelligence in society; cannot be seen as the perfect indicator of intelligence in society because intelligence itself is far too encompassing and truly can't be measured fairly with modern methods.

Much like many words in a psychological context, the word intelligence is a difficult word to define. However, Howard Gardner, David Perkins, and Robert Sternberg have assisted modern psychology in the definition of intelligence by arguing that intelligence itself is a combination of abilities: it includes the ability to learn, pose problems, and solve problems (Chongde and Tsingan, 2003 p.829). Within the aspect of this definition, it shows that any individual can learn and become intelligent with practice, gathering and application of appropriate tools, and several other factors associated with intelligence. Despite the positive and optimistic connotations that the three give regarding intelligence defined, studies have shown that people have varying degrees of intelligence within a specific society. This theory has been expressed by the French psychologist Alfred Binet, who asserted that intelligence was widespread and not everyone had the capability to truly be intelligent. ...

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