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September 12, 1936

Adult Intelligence: A Psychological Study of Test Performances

JAMA. 1936;107(11):902. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770370066025

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The problem of exploring adult intelligence and characterizing it scientifically has been one that has confounded psychologists for years. The weakness of the standardized psychologic tests in investigating the intelligence levels and other capacities of adults has been one of the reasons why purely psychiatric and analytic procedures have been of more value to the clinician. The present volume makes no attempt to devise any new tests and, in a way, evades the determination of what constitutes an intelligent or an unintelligent adult. The problem of intelligence quotients and other expressions of the trait that are described as intelligence is not particularly emphasized. The tests that are used for giving intelligence quotients and mental ages are used only as part of the battery which these authors have compiled to deal with this problem. The reason for the present study lay in the approach which Dr. Weisenburg was making to the

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