Academic Intelligence : The Fallacy Of Academic Intellect

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The Fallacy of Academic Intellect Psychologists have long debated how to best conceptualize and measure intelligence. Many different neuroscientists and psychologists alike have discovered many different types of intelligence- including academic, emotional, fluid, specific, analytical, creative, and intelligence (Omichinski). Other researchers have proposed even more types of intelligences - psychologist L. L. Thurstone proposed that there were seven clusters of “primary mental abilities”, which make up of word fluency, verbal comprehension, spatial ability, perceptual speed, numerical ability, inductive reasoning, and memory (Sternberg). Although each type of intelligence serves its own unique importance, it is imperative that they should not be looked at and judged individually when measuring and evaluating one's intelligence. Traditional IQ tests strictly measure reasoning and problem-solving abilities, therefore neglecting other equally significant areas of a the brain (Grewal & Salovey). This calls into question whether or not IQ tests, and other traditional forms of “intelligence” measurements are the most cumulative and accurate way to measure each aspect of a person’s intellect. Intelligence, in actuality, is both the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations, and the act of understanding. Based on these definitions, there is not a single intelligence that dominates over another; they all work together in unison in order to

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