ERIC Number: ED255582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Reaction Time, Intelligence and Learning Curve: An Exploratory Investigation.
Boretz, Harold F.; And Others
Previous studies indicate increasing, significant univariate and multivariate correlation between reaction time (RT) tasks and intelligence. Using multiple regression analyses, data from an earlier study by Brown and Boretz were reanalyzed to further investigate the relationship between the speed at which an individual is able to process stimuli and that individual's intellectual functioning. With directions to stress speed and accuracy, 40 undergraduates were individually administered three RT tasks of 120 consecutive trials of a set on a NorthStar Horizon microcomputer. The task types were simple reaction time (SRT), discriminative reaction time (DRT), and semantic classification time (SCT). Total Intelligence Quotient (IQ) scores from Cattell's Test of "g" Culture Fair, Scale 3, Form A, were also used in the analyses. Results show statistically significant relationships between intelligence and the rate of acquisition mastery and between the RT tasks and intelligence. Results also support both the speed of processing-ability relationships as hypothesized by Arthur R. Jensen's neural oscillation theory and Hunt's distributed memory model. (BS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cattell Culture Fair Intelligence Test; Hunt (Everett Lee); Jensen (Arthur R)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (Ellenville, NY, October 24-26, 1984).