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Intelligence as a Developing Function: A Neuroconstructivist Approach.

Sciprofile linkLuca Rinaldi, Sciprofile linkAnnette Dionne Karmiloff-Smith
Published: 29 April 2017
 by  MDPI
Journal of Intelligence , Volume 5; doi:10.3390/jintelligence5020018

Abstract: The concept of intelligence encompasses the mental abilities necessary to survival and advancement in any environmental context. Attempts to grasp this multifaceted concept through a relatively simple operationalization have fostered the notion that individual differences in intelligence can often be expressed by a single score. This predominant position has contributed to expect intelligence profiles to remain substantially stable over the course of ontogenetic development and, more generally, across the life-span. These tendencies, however, are biased by the still limited number of empirical reports taking a developmental perspective on intelligence. Viewing intelligence as a dynamic concept, indeed, implies the need to identify full developmental trajectories, to assess how genes, brain, cognition, and environment interact with each other. In the present paper, we describe how a neuroconstructivist approach better explains why intelligence can rise or fall over development, as a result of a fluctuating interaction between the developing system itself and the environmental factors involved at different times across ontogenesis.
Keywords: intelligence / individual differences / development / neuroconstructivism / emergent structure / developmental trajectory

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