iD magazine



…lies in its ambiguity: What does it really mean to be “intelligen­t”? The graphic below shows a few important aspects. Those that are set against a black background can be reliably measured by an IQ test. The ones on a white background—motor function, coordinati­on, and creativity—have little influence on test results. Intelligen­ce tests have been around for about 120 years. They were developed in Europe and America in the early 1900s as a way to measure a person’s cognitive skills. The earliest test was devised by Alfred Binet, a French psychologi­st commission­ed by his government to identify students likely to face difficulty in school. Binet bemoaned the fact that his test could not measure emotional intelligen­ce or creativity.

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