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What is General Intelligence?

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Updated June 07, 2014

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Definition:

General Intelligence is the ability to think about ideas, analyze situations, and solve problems. It is measured through various types of intelligence tests. Currently, through research, psychologists have identified several types of mental abilities that make up intelligence:

Also Known As: IQ, Intelligence, Aptitude, Intellectual Ability, Capacity to Learn, Cognitive Skill

Examples:
General intelligence is a good predictor of a child's current learning ability and performance in school.

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