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Do Purpose-Designed Auditory Tasks Measure General Speediness?

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Author(s): Ian T. Zajac | Nicholas R. Burns | Ted Nettelbeck

Journal: International Journal of Intelligence Science
ISSN 2163-0283

Volume: 02;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 23;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Auditory Intelligence | Auditory Abilities | Intelligence | Cognition | Speed of Processing

ABSTRACT
This study was concerned with the measurement of General Speediness (Gs) using the auditory modality. Existing as well as purpose-developed auditory tasks that maintained the cognitive requirements of established visually presented Gs marker tests were completed by N = 80 university undergraduates. Analyses supported the results of our previous work [1] and auditory and visual tasks combined to define latent RT and Gs factors. Moreover, the analysis did not support the presence of modality-specific speed factors. Overall, this study provides further evidence suggesting that auditory tasks might successfully measure existing broad abilities defined in intelligence theories (i.e., Gf, Gc, etc.) provided they maintain the same cognitive requirements as existing visual measures of such constructs.
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