MS Proposal by Corey Tatel

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    • Wednesday November 6, 2019 - Thursday November 7, 2019
      2:00 pm - 3:59 pm
  • Location: J. S. Coon building, Room 217
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Summary Sentence: The Development of Ecologically Valid Assessments of Adult Intelligence

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Name: Corey Tatel

School of Psychology – Master’s Thesis Proposal Meeting

Date: Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: J. S. Coon building, Room 217


Advisor: Phillip Ackerman, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech)


Thesis Committee Members:

Ruth Kanfer, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech)
Richard Catrambone, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech)


Title: The Development of Ecologically Valid Assessments of Adult Intelligence


Abstract: Intelligence tests have evolved from measures that were originally designed to predict future academic performance of children and identify children with intellectual disabilities (Binet & Simon, 1905; Terman, 1916). While these tests are valid predictors of such criteria, they provide little information as to how adults use intellectual abilities in the real world (Ackerman, 2017). The objective of the proposed project is to develop new, ecologically valid measures of adult intelligence that are representative of tasks that adults might encounter in their everyday lives. In order to accomplish this objective, participants will complete three hands-on, experimental tasks designed to be realistic and sample a variety of abilities. In order to maximize ecological validity of these tasks, participants will be provided with access to the Internet so that they may utilize the full extent of the resources that would be at their disposal outside of a laboratory environment. The relative utility of using such tasks to measure adult intelligence will be determined by the strength of correlations between task performance and traditional measures of intelligence and non-ability traits (i.e., personality, vocational interests, self-concept, motivational traits). Hypotheses specify the expectation of moderate correlations, which would indicate that there is unique variance in task performance that is not accounted for by traditional measures of intelligence or non-ability traits.

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MS Proposal
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