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    How can intelligence be operationalized in psychology?!?
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    (Original post by 10Rose)
    How can intelligence be operationalized in psychology?!?
    standardised tests eg. all participants given the same math test with 15 questions
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    (Original post by emiloujess)
    standardised tests eg. all participants given the same math test with 15 questions
    Regardless of the question, I have always thought a standarised intelligence test should require no academic knowledge
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    (Original post by Mehrdad jafari)
    Regardless of the question, I have always thought a standarised intelligence test should require no academic knowledge
    Yeah, that could then be used as a criticism of the study eg. intelligence isn't always academic.
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    (Original post by emiloujess)
    Yeah, that could then be used as a criticism of the study eg. intelligence isn't always academic.
    That's true!
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    The standard measure of intelligence in the UK is the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) / Weschler Adult Inteligence Scale (WAIS). You criticsm is correct, as both of these do rely somewhat on academic knowledge; though the maths component is an additional test and isn't usually adminstered in most cases. However the core assessment does have a vocabulary test.

    There is an argument for stating that academic ability is related to intelligence. For example, other tests on the assessment relate to spatial awareness or pattern recognition - neither of which are academic in themselves, but the work you do does enhance those skills. It is common for children who have missed a lot of school (several years) to perform poorly on these assessments.

    Fundamentally though, if you went into the South American jungle and gave a 15 year old a WISC to do, they'd probably really struggle. But then ask me to survive a month in the Amazon and see how well I got on.
 
 
 
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