Multiple Intelligences

This theory of human intelligence was developed by psychologist Howard Gardner. It proposes there are at least seven ways that people have of perceiving and understanding the world. Gardner labels each of these ways a distinct "intelligence"--in other words, a set of skills allowing individuals to find and resolve genuine problems they face.

Traditionally speaking, a person's intelligence is contained in his or her general intellect - in other words, how each and every one of us comprehend, examine, and respond to outside stimuli, whether it be to solve a math problem correctly or to anticipate an opponent's next move in a game of tennis.

Howard Gardner originally identified seven autonomous faculties that can work individually or in concert with other faculties, which he labeled as "intelligences":

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