What Up G?

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The word "intelligent" often contains a variety of connotations across differing groups and cultures, so if we're all so smart, why can't we come up with a unanimous and "intelligent" definition for the concept?

Psychologist, Charles Sperman, tried to do just that by proposing the concept of general intelligence, or "g", to explain differing levels of comprehension. Sperman's idea implies that some individuals are just "smarter" than others and although his proposal was controversial, it did get others talking.

More recently, ideas about multiple types of intelligence have been suggested that rely on 'different' ways of thinking rather than 'better' ways of thinking. In this realm are Howard Gardner's "multiple intelligence model" and Robert Sternberg's "Triarchic model" that extend intelligence to skills ranging from analytics to creativity.

As college students, understanding our strengths, learning styles and abilities is key to moving through our classes successfully and hopefully guiding ourselves to a career we will enjoy and be prepared for. This site offered a quick overview of Gardner's multiple intelligences that can help hone in on your individual skills and hopefully make you think about what you are really good at it.http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/whats-your-intelligence-type.html

As for the other blogs....
I really liked "lipsticks, eye shadow, mascara....worthy stuff?" because it touched on the idea of individuals being naturally drawn to more "attractive" faces. In one of my classes, we learned about a similar study that showed how infants tend to be more drawn to images of more attractive and symmetrical faces.

Also, I liked "Opposites attract or do they?" because it touched on a frequently used phrase and related it to the concept of online dating.

Last, I really enjoyed reading "Love Abroad" because it talked about differing ways of showing affection across cultures. The blogger even noted one group who bit off the male's eyebrows to demonstrate attraction.

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Defining what intelligence is exactly has indeed been a conumdrum for psychologists who demand a clear definition for things related to the mind.

We all know when someone is smart but actually describing what it is that makes it so can be difficult and even harder to measure.

I think scholars have latched on to the concept of "G" not only because it has been the most widely tested theory but because it is the most parsimonious.

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