Move over IQ, there is a new intelligence test on the stage. Psychologists have developed a free 10-minute test that…
Move over IQ, there is a new intelligence test on the stage. Psychologists have developed a free 10-minute test that they claim is an excellent assessment of “fluid intelligence.”
The test, developed by psychologists at UC Riverside and UC Irvine, is called the University of California Matrix Reasoning Task (or UCMRT) and measures abstract problem solving ability. According to a study published in the journal Behavior Research Methods 23 questions were tested on 713 students, and the results correlated with maths, college GPA and college integration tests. Psychologists make the test available to other academics to use for research purposes, but have not yet released it online.
Before anyone begins to eagerly wait for the public version of this test, it is worth remembering that “fluid intelligence” means something quite different in psychological lingo than in lekman conversation. To psychologists, it means the ability to logically think and solve problems in new situations, unaffected by previous existing knowledge. “Crystalized intelligence” meanwhile means that someone has the ability to utilize acquired knowledge and experience. (Of course, there is no perfect breakdown, very few problems can be solved without any existing knowledge, so 20-year-olds tend to be better at fluid intelligence than 5-year-olds. However, generally, crystallized intelligence improves when people learn more while fluent intelligence is considered being born and unable to be influenced by learning or training.)
Both fluid and crystallized intelligence are evaluated in the most famous intelligence test, the IQ but this method of cutting intelligence and claiming that it is a final point has been strongly criticized by psychologists. In fact, many have argued to evaluate something as complicated as intelligence with just one action is bound to be wrong. A study from 201
2, published in the journal Neuron, had 44,600 participants performing 12 challenging tasks that tested a number of cognitive skills and found that the results could not be explained by any “intelligence” test. Instead, it took three separate components to predict results: short-term memory, reasoning and oral skills.
This battle matches the layman’s perceptions of intelligence. Some people are brilliant at math, others are beautiful sculptors, and others can win every debate. All of these are signs of quite different forms of intelligence, and they do not necessarily collect in the same person.
Then continue and take a test that measures your ability to solve problems in situations where existing knowledge does not help at all. Expect the results do not reflect your intelligence.