Chapter 10: Intelligence and Language


Exercises: Read & Learn

Exercise: Listen & Learn

Exercises: Think & Do

  1. The text describes some research into sex differences in particular kinds of tasks, while noting that the differences are small and only refer to average differences between men and women.  Why not see if your friends/family conform to these “averages”?  Devise a test of spatial ability (something to do with map reading perhaps) and one which requires people to identify emotions and try them both out on some men and some women.
  2. Can you Correctly Answer the Cognitive Reflection Test? Try this incredibly brief “intelligence test” then try it out on some friends and family.  Do you think it is a valid measure of intelligence?  If not, why not?
  3. This online IQ test focuses on perceptual reasoning.  Try it and see whether you think your score accurately captures your intelligence.  If not, what do you think is missing? (

Exercise: Watch & Learn

Robert J. Sternberg – Successful Intelligence: In this video, Sternberg expands on his triarchic theory with the concept of “successful intelligence” and its application in the classroom.  Do you think his theory captures important aspects of your intelligence?  If so, how has this impacted your educational experience?
Can you think of how the topic of intelligence could be taught/tested in ways that would work for people with (a) analytical, (b) creative and (c) practical strengths?

Video 10.1: Robert J. Sternberg – Successful Intelligence, ( uploaded by Bob Greenberg.


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