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The Nature of Intelligence

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There are many ways to measure intelligence. The ubiquitous Intelligence Quotient (IQ) test is no longer the standard it once was. Recent developments in this century-old field try to account for cultural biases in the test. A team of researchers at the University of Oregon have been studying links between intelligence and memory. They found that basically, quantity counts more than quality when it comes to a correlation between memory and intelligence. In other words, a person’s IQ is strongly linked to how many objects they can remember, regardless of how many details they can recall about those objects.

Have you ever taken an IQ test? Do you see links between intelligence and memory?


  • Ed Awh: Professor of psychology at the University of Oregon

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