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Multiple Intelligences - Psychology Definition of the Week

By February 22, 2013

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Definition: When you hear the word 'intelligence,' you might immediately think of a single, general ability that is often measured by traditional IQ tests. In his 1983 book Frames of Mind, psychologist and author Howard Gardner proposed that there are actually a number of different "intelligences." The full range of human abilities, he suggested, simply cannot be captured by a single number.

Instead, he developed a theory that features eight different kinds of intelligence including musical, interpersonal, spatial-visual and linguistic intelligences. Read more...

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