A brief overview of Chapter 9: Intelligence and IQ Testing
Overall the chapter defines in great detail what exactly intelligence is, what intelligence testing is, what it measures and how it has evolved, the influences that can effect the results of an IQ test and other dimensions that affect our intelligence by varying it. What strikes me as most interesting in the text is how intelligence varies greatly. Intelligence can vary from abstract thinking, to general thinking and all the way down to specific abilities. The capacity of intelligence that a person has to fulfill specific abilities, depends on how we can narrow our overall general intelligence that we have gathered over a period of time down to a task that requires a certain kind of intelligence that we have gathered that is specifically relevant to the task. Such as our ability to problem solve (general intelligence) and examine the location of objects in physical space (specific abilities), allows us to have a specific ability of intelligence for varying things. For example a specific ability would be determining how many L-shaped figures we could fit into a square. The L-shaped figures and the square would be separate of each other but right next to each other. That will allow for the brain to use problem solving while thinking through the problem of how many L-shaped figures can effectively fit into the square, in addition to that we use specific abilities of intelligence to determine the amount of physical space of the two items. Intelligence is compiled of several different aspects and is more complex than what meets the eye.