Intellectual abilities of adolescents and qualitative characteristics of their social argumentation



The article focuses on the issue of relation of general and social intelligence and illustrates it by the results of correlational study of adolescents’ intelligence and quality of their social argumentation. It was revealed that it is verbal intelligence, not a non-verbal one, that forms correlations with argumentation qualities. These correlations could be productive as well as counter-productive with respect to the quality of social discussion. The obtained results are considered within the context of discussion about general and social intelligence balance with the focus on the functional role of verbal intelligence in social cognition. They are regarded as the starting points for the development of social competence educational programs for adolescents

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Keywords: intelligence, social intelligence, social dilemmas, argumentation, quality of argumentation, activity of argumentation, validity of argumentation, irrelevant arguments, arguments with false premise, arguments to pathos, arguments to ethos

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology and Age-Related Psychology

Article type: scientific article


Funding. This work was supported by grant RFH №17-78-30035

For citation: Smirnova O.M., Belova S.S. Intellectual abilities of adolescents and qualitative characteristics of their social argumentation [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2018. Vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 39–48. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2018070204. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Olga M. Smirnova, educational psychologist, School №1505 "Preobrajenskaya", Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Sophia S. Belova, PhD in Psychology, Research Fellow, Institute of Psychology, Psychology the Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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