Moving beyond IQ


Traditionally, scholars viewed intelligence as a set of basic mental skills to be assessed by an IQ test, in much the same way that a yardstick measures height—but Robert Sternberg, professor of human development in Cornell's College of Human Ecology, believes this approach shortchanges people who perform poorly on tests and harms society by leaving their talents unrecognized and undeveloped. He has traveled to remote locations in Africa, Asia, Alaska, and elsewhere to develop alternatives to conventional measures of intelligence. Read more