Most of us have taken an IQ test of some type at one point or another in our lives. We may have bragged on our final score, or decided that hey, it was just a bad day. But who developed the basic framework for such a test, and how is it used today…or misused?
On Thursday, Feb. 28, 9:30 a.m., James Lamiell will give us an introduction to William Stern, a German psychologist and philosopher who worked from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Dr. Stern developed the concept of personalistic psychology, which placed emphasis on the individual. He also became known as a developer of intelligence tests and assessments, and coined the term Intelligence Quotient or IQ. This was a measure of “intelligence” obtained by dividing the individual’s test score by his or her chronological age, and multiplying by 100.
Stern began to see problems in how this was used by scientists and he eventually became a serious critic of the accuracy and usefulness of a numerical measure of “intelligence”. To learn more about the concepts of intelligence and how its measurement can be used more effectively, come join us to hear Dr. Lamiell’s ideas on the topic.
Lamiell holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Georgetown University. He has published numerous articles and books in the field, including Problematic Research Practices and Inertia in Scientific Psychology, edited by James Lamiell and Kathleen I. Slaney, November, 2020.
DATE /TIME: Thursday, Feb. 28, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION: LLL Center