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Intelligence Theories - G Factor and S Factor

Explain the difference between the "g" factor and the "s" factor in intelligence theories. Describe how the degree of overlap between the ovals represents the degree of correlation between tests.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. In this particular posting, you are asking for a short solution, but one that provides a comprehensive discussion. If this is what is expected of you by your professor, then you need to have an outline to plan out how to answer. I suggest:

1. The G - factor - what is it?
2. The S - factor - what is it?
3. The degree of overlap

The outline above should provide you the discussion and answers that your professor expects. Good luck with your studies.

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Charles Spearman's 2-factor theory & Intelligence Correlation

According to early British psychometrics specialist Charles Spearman (he lived in the 19th century), there are 2 aspects to human intelligence: the G-factor, which measures general intelligence, and the S-factor, the specific intelligence factor. ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise on the topic of the G and S factors as utilized and described in intelligence theories (in particular, that of Spearman). What they are, how they overlap and their impact is discussed and presented in this concise solution. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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