IQ: Intelligence Quotient
  • The IQ (Intelligence Quotient) is a test to measure a person’s cognitive ability, using a standardized scale of Median=100.
  • The test has questions that score us on our ability to solve problems, perceive relationships between concepts and our ability to process information.
  • Scores above 130 indicate high levels of intelligence, while scores below 70 generally mean the person is not very intelligent, at least cognitively.

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What constitutes a person's IQ?

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Intelligence may be of different kinds, like:

  1. Spatial: The ability to visualize change in shapes.
  2. Mathematical: The ability to solve problems that require logical processing.
  3. Language: Ability to recognize words and letters, or being able to complete sentences.
  4. Memory: Being able to recall information.

Most people do not perform well in all kinds of questions, and the best tests feature an assortment of the various categories of intellectual ability, not biased towards any particular kind of intelligence.

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  • IQ (Intelligence Quotient) tests measure our ability to understand information or ideas, and do not measure how much we know.
  • It is to be noted that simply cramming up new information does not increase our IQ, and our _ability to exercise our min_d plays a big role in the development of our intellect.
  • Our intellectual ability can depend on genetic and environmental factors, our diet as a child, and the degree of intellectual stimulation(like solving puzzles) received in our formative years.

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Our IQ(Intelligence Quotient) does not measure our creative skills, social skills, acquired abilities, or even wisdom. It is just an imperfect method for measuring a small part of our intellectual ability: Cognitive skills and information processing.

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