What does it mean to be intelligent? For years, researchers believed that intelligence was based on how well a person scored on an IQ (or “Intelligence Quotient”) test.
Eventually, researchers realized that IQ is not everything! It was found that those who scored top marks on IQ tests were generally quite good at solving puzzles. However, they were not necessarily very strong in other tasks of creativity or even common sense!
Since then, other ways of measuring intelligence have been used. One key method is to look at "emotional intelligence". It measures how well people understand how other people are feeling. To date, no one theory of intelligence has been able to truly tell what it means to be intelligent. But in a way, that makes sense.
What is probably the most exciting thing about intelligence research is that it has taught us that we are all intelligent in our own ways.
By learning how to work with our strengths and weaknesses, we can all learn to appreciate one another for who we are.
So, after a long year at school, please know that no matter what, you are very intelligent!
BrainReach thanks you all for spending this time with us! We wish you, your families, and your teachers a very happy Summer!