Introduction: Intelligence and Creativity

What you’ll learn to do:¬†describe intelligence theories and intelligence testing

Intelligence is a complex characteristic of cognition. Many theories have been developed to explain what intelligence is and how it works. Sternberg generated his triarchic theory of intelligence, whereas Gardner posits that intelligence is comprised of many factors. Still others focus on the importance of emotional intelligence. Finally, creativity seems to be a facet of intelligence, but it is extremely difficult to measure objectively. This CrashCourse video gives a good overview:

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the triarchic theory of intelligence
  • Explain the multiple intelligences theory
  • Define creativity, divergent, and convergent thinking
  • Describe the development¬†of IQ tests, their purposes, and benefits
  • Explain the bell curve, and how IQ is measured