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  1. J. P. Das

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0449

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Das, J. P. 2010. Intelligence. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of Alberta, Canada

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Intelligence is cognition comprising sensory, perceptual, associative, and relational knowledge. A concise definition of intelligence, according to Das, Naglieri, and Kirby (1994), is the ability to plan and structure one's behavior with an end in view. If the end is a social one, then it is the most parsimonious solution to a problem that will best serve the common good. Sternberg (2005) defined intelligence as a number of components that allow one to adapt, select, and shape one's environment. Gardner (1999) defined intelligence as the ability to create an effective product or offer a service that is valued in a culture; in other words, intelligence is a set of skills that make it possible for a person to solve problems in life. The challenge, however, is to devise ways of measuring intelligence by operationalizing the above concepts.


  • cognition;
  • brain mechanisms;
  • ability;
  • heredity;
  • emotional intelligence