Discovering and Studying Intelligence: The Controversy of Intelligence Testing

While we find it very difficult to answer the question, what is intelligence, it gives rise to questions such as what could influence it and how could it be assessed? Researching this, along with how to classify intelligence has lead psychologists to understand intelligence as a concept rather than concrete and now describe it as ‘the ability to learn from an experience, solve problems and use knowledge to adapt to new experiences’.

There is a fascinating and disturbing history to intelligence and the ways to measure it, from the simple bog standard IQ test people take on buzzfeed nowadays back to the terrible tests of the past including the famous Nazi experiments, showing that maybe our intelligence tests of history weren’t actually so intelligently designed…