Are They Different or the Same? Experts’ Psychometric IQ does not Correlate with Conceptual Abilities

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Abstract

In this paper, we describe the results of a study (N = 16, aged 19 to 39), which aimed to test the hypothesis about the correlation between the level of psychometric IQ (measured with J. Raven’s SPMT) and the level of conceptual abilities. Th e main finding of this study was that psychometric IQ shows a lack of correlation with conceptual abilities in experts who face cognitive challenges on a daily basis and manifest real-life intellectual productivity. This leads to the necessity of revising the existing approaches to understanding intellectual productivity and its measurement.

General Information

Keywords: intellectual productivity, psychometric IQ, conceptual abilities, J. Raven’s “Standard Progressive Matrices” test, “Integral Conceptual Structures” test

Journal rubric: General Psychology, Personality Psychology, History of Psychology

Article type: scientific article

Funding. The research was supported by the grant of the President of Russia № МК–7507.2016.6 “Psychological and psychophysiological bases of experts’ intellectual productivity”.

For citation: Shcherbakova O.V., Makarova D.N. Are They Different or the Same? Experts’ Psychometric IQ does not Correlate with Conceptual Abilities . Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Psychology, 2016. no. 4, pp. 88–96.

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Information About the Authors

Olga V. Shcherbakova, PhD in Psychology, Saint Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: o.shcherbakova@spbu.ru

Daria N. Makarova, Russia, e-mail: d.makarova23@gmail.com

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