The measurement of intelligence has always been an area of interest. Psychologists have tried to understand it from different angles and measure it on a scale.
Current tools used to measure IQ (intelligence quotient) in the country have followed Western models and are dated.
A group of Indian psychologists have teamed up with a model made in India to measure the IQs of students and adults.
The team, led by JP Das (Prof. Emeritus, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, Canada), includes educational, rehabilitation and clinical psychologists.
They tested the model on 1,700 children aged 5 to 20, spanning five states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Odisha before standardizing the model.
The psychometric tool for measuring intelligence and cognitive skills, titled Brain-Based Intelligence Test (BBIT), can provide a framework for integrating biology and cognitive processes that directly affect education and brain plasticity.
This test also helps clinicians diagnose impaired cortical function, evident in conditions such as stroke, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. Additionally, this test has diagnostic criteria to identify hyperactivity and specific learning difficulties in children.
How is it different
“Intelligence is cropped here as a selective group of different cognitive processes often located in large divisions of the brain,” said Pooja Jha Nair, rehabilitation psychologist. Activity area.
“A brain-based approach is not only about how intelligence works, but also opens the door to understanding the mind and therefore consciousness,” she said.
“This test was developed from conception to publication entirely in India. Right now, quality IQ assessment tools are expensive and available for a limited age group, ”she said.
In this context, BBIT is showing promise in covering people aged 5 to 20 and is offered at an affordable price, she says.
“The test measures executive functions of the brain such as cognitive flexibility which allows us to modify our cognitive strategies as needed,” she said.
The test provides insight into a person’s social problem-solving skills and other key aspects such as attention span and reasoning skills.
Lots of statistics and calculations went into the process to make it a reliable and valid test. Interpretation varies according to score and age.