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Ap Psych, Testing

Chapter 11, AP Psychology, Testing

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intelligence mental quality consisting of the ability to learn from experience, solve rpoblems, and use knowledge to adapt to new situations
factor analysis a statistical procedure that identifies clusters of related items on a test, used to identify different dimensions of performance that underlie one's total score
general intelligence a general intelligence factor that Spearman and other believed underlies specific mental abilites and is therefore measure by every task on an intelligence test
savant syndrome a condition in which a person otherwise limited in mental ability has an exception specific skill, such as in computation or drawing
emotional intelligence the ability to percieve, express, understand,and regulate emotions
creativity the ability to produce novel and valuable ideas
apititude test a test designed to predict a person's future performance
achievement test a test designed to asses what a person has learned
Wechsler Intelligence Scale the WAIS is the most widely used intelligence test; contains verbal and performance subjects
stardardization defining meaningful scores by comparision with the performance of a pertested "standardization group"
normal curve the symmetrical bell-shaped curve that describes the distribution of many physical and psychological attributes. Most scores fall near the average, and fewer and fewer scores lie near the extremes.
reliability the extent to which a test yields consisten results, as assesed by the consistency of scores on two halves of the test, on alternate formns of the test, or on retesting.
validity the extent to which a test measures or predicts what it is supposed to
content validity the extent to which a test samples the behavior that is of interest
criterion the behavior (such as college grades) that a test (such as the SAT) is designed to predict
predictive validity the success with which a test predicts the behavior it is designed to predict
mental retardation a condition of limited mental ability, indicated by an intellignce score below 70 and difficulty in adapting to the demainds of life
Down syndrome a condition of retardation and associated physical disorders caused by an extra chromosone in one's genetic makeup
sterotype threat a self-confirming concern that one will be evaluated based ona negative sterotype
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