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Questions tagged [iq]

For questions about intelligence quotient (IQ) scores, methods of assessment of IQ, and correlates of IQ.

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How true are Jordan Peterson's claims on IQ tests?

Disclaimer: I am aware that this topic has the potential of becoming high political, but I have asked it nevertheless in order to receive some clarification on the subject. Please back all of your ...
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How is intelligence in children measured?

Intelligence is dependent on mental age and education. So how can an IQ test be performed to check the mental/intellectual capabilities in children?
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Bounds on skew and kurtosis of IQ

The question of whether IQ is Normally distributed, or instead follows e.g. a Pearson type IV distribution, has been debated since at least the 1910s. The quotient- and deviation-based definitions ...
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High IQ and problem solving

Are there any studies, which shows that High IQ people are good or average or bad in problem solving/other professions? Need to know that High IQ correlates to very good problem solving skills or ...
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IQ gap by race, truth or myth?

If you google IQ gap race and open the google images, you will see many diagrams showing the differences. I went on some IQ test pages, and I noticed that the test includes mathematical ...
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How do psychologists ensure they are measuring innate intelligence and not just education?

Certain groups perform worse on IQ tests than other. How do psychologists ensure that those differences aren't purely related to differing levels of education between those groups? How do we know ...
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How is that Bell Curve can fit all the existing IQs exactly on the graph? [duplicate]

Bell curve is useful for many different branches of science, business, and economics. IQ is something that defines a person's intelligence. How is that Bell curve or Gaussian distribution can fit ...
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Can we generalise from loss of ability at arithemtic to pre morbid iq?

If a patient scores say 2 standard deviations less than expected at arithmetic, then how reliably can we claim the same of WM or FSIQ? It seems that the mean score for arithmetic, for the population (...
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Is it possible, on an individual level, that someones fluid intelligence can “spike” in ones early twenties?

I think IQ and fluid intelligence are interrelated enough that I can use them interchangeably. I was wondering if on an individual level, if it was possible that ones IQ can jump a certain amount of ...
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Predicting workplace performance of job applicants? [closed]

As an employer who interviews engineering candidates, I'm interested in using the state of the art findings in psychometrics/psychology to predict which candidates are the most likely to be successful....
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Questions on Interpreting Factor Analysis Results and Scores

I am trying to learn factor analysis and I thought it would be a good idea to try and very poorly "mimic" the computation for IQ scores with a dataset of dummy values as a way to "learn by example". ...
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Chess performance and IQ

Are there formal studies relating chess performance (e.g. ELO) and IQ? I found a proposed Levitt equation (also mentioned in thechessworld): Elo ~ (10 x IQ) + 1000 ...
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Paper discussing economic rationale of IQ-based hiring practices

TL;DR I'm looking for a paper that explicitly quantifies the ROI an employer would likely derive if personnel selection involved intelligence testing and only those +2 SD in cognitive ability were ...
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To what extent does AFQT correlate with IQ?

Wikipedia has a pretty non-informative page as to the nature of the (US) Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) as it mostly talks of results ranges etc. What I could descipher from there is it that ...
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Does practicing Ravens Progressive Matrices tests inflate your IQ score?

I'm 16 years old and a year ago I got obsessed about IQ. I took a Raven IQ test and scored 115. Then during the autumn and winter of last year I took some more IQ tests using RPM and scored 126 on ...
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Is writing ability associated with IQ or intelligence?

Is greater ability to write well i.e. analysis of books/literature/research papers associated with higher I.Q. scores? Statistically speaking, is writing ability normally distributed like I.Q. is?
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Test which predicts success based on correlated answers to random questions?

I recall learning about an old test used (I want to say by Ivy League schools, and Harvard in particular) that would predict a student's success based on their answers to seemingly random questions ...
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Is pattern recognition a measure of spatial IQ?

Does pattern recognition come under spatial IQ, or is spatial IQ only to do with mental rotations and visualising?
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Raven Progressive Matrix: why's my chosen square wrong?

Source: Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count (2009). pp. 7-8.   The example that the problem-solver must follow is set up by the two figures in the top row of the ...
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I have two different IQs; which one is the real one?

I took a WAIS IV and got a 128(SD15), but I have a somewhat large spread between Verbal(129) and Performance (122). The numbers may be off by 1 point or so. This was taken in a country and language ...
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What percentage of questions on Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV 23 deal with environmental issues and climate change?

It is generally accepted that humans are the only intelligent species on the earth. I would submit that due to our proclivity to destroy the habitat that gives rise to our existence: we are the only ...
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Is IQ decided from birth?

I've recently viewed a few Chess matches from Judit Polgár and came across the discovery of her father, László Polgár's experiment where he theorized children can achieve strong accolades if they ...
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How can a country's IQ be different of 100, if the average IQ of a population is always 100? [duplicate]

In The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head is Really Up To, Dean Burnett write that: "the average IQ of a population is 100. Without exception. If someone says, “The average IQ of ...
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Are there dual-process IQ tests?

I mean tests that try to measure system 1 and system 2 performance separately, but more than short lists of trick questions which unfortunately seem to make the bulk of the empirical work in this dual-...
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Is Fluid Intelligence Dropoff With Age an Established Fact?

The picture below represents the idea that fluid intelligence declines with age. Is this commonly accepted as true and established, even if fitness/learning levels do not decline?
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Does learning (to play) music increase IQ?

In one fairly cited study by E. Glenn Schellenberg (~800 citations in Google Scholar) we find that Compared with children in the control groups, children in the music groups exhibited greater ...
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IQ, Intelligence and Critical Thinking [closed]

I consider myself to be a very critical and analytical thinker. I can't help obsess over every little detail, consider various perspectives, use-cases, etc. I've been programming since a young age (...
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Does Emotional Intelligence (EQ) demonstrate the Flynn Effect?

The Flynn Effect is a well-known phenomenon whereby Intelligence Quotient (IQ) test scores among the general public seem to rise over time. Does Emotional Intelligence (EQ) demonstrate the Flynn ...
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Is a low Emotional Intelligence (EQ) pathological?

A sufficiently low cognitive intelligence is generally considered in society to be inherently pathological, or at least very nearly so. In fact, until recently, a diagnosis of Intellectual Disability (...
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Is it possible to increase/train your intelligence? [duplicate]

Is it possible to raise your IQ (best correlate for g I know of)? Does brain training help? I have never taken a psychologist administered IQ test before, but I did take a reputable online IQ test ...
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What, other than humans, can possess an IQ? [closed]

Dolphins and some birds (crows and parrots for example) are considered to be 'smart'. This made me thinking - What animals, other than humans, can possess an IQ, perhaps even at a very low level?
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What does it mean for there to be more variance within groups than between groups in IQ?

I was watching a short YouTube video that comments on the validity of IQ. That video contains the following claim (verbatim): "You know nothing about a person's intelligence on the basis of his or ...
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What is the meaningful difference between someone with a 145 IQ compared to a 100 IQ?

I am a lay person and new to this, and while I do understand that 145 IQ means 3 SDs up from the mean, I want to have a rough idea of what it means in real-life examples, from people who have ...
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Can a shorter IQ test be devised that provides a more approximate measure of IQ?

Disclaimer: I am not a student of psychology, just an interested guy - but here goes anyway... IQ tests usually contain dozens of questions and take considerable time. I think this is because such ...
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Is it true that IQ and verbal ability are not much correlated?

I read that people with high IQ are not necessarily good or better speakers or writers. I wonder if that is true. I read that for instance left-handed people are overrepresented among high IQ people ...
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Is there any evidence that fluid intelligence is malleable?

So although working memory training was somewhat of a fad (and I guess some benefits did come out of training, like improved attention/executive function), reviews such as Melby-Lervåg et al. (2016) ...
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IQ scores - fixed raw scores vs infinite tails of the underlying normal distribution of standard scores

When taking an IQ test, if a subject responds to all questions correctly, they will achieve the maximum (raw) score, a finite number. Yet, due to the test's normalisation that takes the median raw ...
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How to obtain adult norms for Raven's progressive matrices?

Raven's Progressive Matrices: is a nonverbal group test typically used in educational settings. It is usually a 60-item test used in measuring abstract reasoning and regarded as a non-verbal ...
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Is the Flynn effect autism?

I've seen a lot of claims related to this: Mild forms of autism increase IQ IQ scores abruptly increased after 1979, when the MMR vaccine was introduced The Flynn Effect was mainly on nonverbal IQ ...
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Where can I find a real, reliable, iq test that someone could take multiple times?

I'm trying to find a real, reliable, accurate IQ test, that someone could take multiple times (so maybe has randomized questions?). It is for a study involving IQ and video games.
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Problem with IQ tests in Murray's “The Bell Curve”?

Murray's The Bell Curve came up in a discussion recently. I have a very clear memory of reading a review of the book at the time it came out. The reviewer claimed that one of the many problems with ...
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Where can I find the norms for Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices?

I've never had my IQ measured before. After some research I decided to take the Raven's Standard Progressive Matrix test. After Googling I found this Wikipedia page. This test was linked on the ...
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Does anger lower a person's cognitive ability?

For me it seems that getting angry or irritated makes me less intelligent but it didn't try testing it. Has there indeed been such tests or anything else about testing IQ levels of different moods for ...
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Can anyone provide a modern source for the average college student IQ of 115?

I've read in various places that the average college student IQ is about 115, and the various estimations of IQ by college major reached by converting SAT to IQ all use 115 as the starting point for ...
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Relationship between processing speed and IQ in twice exceptional children

How come some twice exceptional children (i.e., intellectually gifted children who have some form of disability) have high iq, but low processing speed? Isn't processing speed a factor of intelligence?...
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The disadvantages of high IQ [closed]

Some disadvantages about being intelligent are supposedly: 1. You make conclusions too fast 2. If you insist on logic, you must work as an engineer because nobody else cares about logic. 3. You have ...
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Any research into “intelligence” really out of sync with iq? [closed]

Is there any research into school children who routinely perform say two standard deviations worse on iq testing, than at school or even other intelligence tests? I'm not interested in explaining it ...
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Does schizophrenia cause a loss of intelligence?

Does having schizophrenia cause a loss of intelligence (as measured by IQ tests)? How does present research comment on this connection, if it exists? Furthermore, is it possible to recover from this ...
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Is the Flynn effect in conflict with other studies of intelligence heritablity?

Studies comparing identical and fraternal twins, or occasionally identical twins reared apart have mostly concluded that there is a pretty high heritability of IQ. These studies, in particular the ...
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Why does Asperger's Syndrome seem to overlap with high IQ?

A few of my friends have Asperger's Syndrome, and some fit the pattern but have not been formally diagnosed. Many of these friends are also highly intelligent, and because of the high intelligence ...