Nothing Fails Like Success: The Search for an Intelligent Paradigm for Studying Intelligence.
Research rept. 1 Jul-30 Sep 80,
YALE UNIV NEW HAVEN CT DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The possibility is considered that research on intelligence is entering or is about to enter a time of crisis comparable to that experienced during the decline of the psychometric paradigm as the primary means for studying intelligence. First, it is suggested that the decline of the psychometric paradigm as the primary means for studying intelligence was due in part to the failure of users of the paradigm to meet in a highly successful way four challenges that confronted their research. Next, it is shown how, on the surface, users of the information-processing paradigms currently in favor seem successfully to have met these challenges. Then it is shown that, at a deeper level, the level of success is not as great as it is at a surface level. Finally, conclusions are drawn in response to the challenges that still seem to be facing psychologists studying intelligence. Author