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Thomson, Godfrey Hilton, Sir, 1881-1955 (psychologist and Bell Professor of Education, University of Edinburgh)


Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

The Extent and Significance of Individual Differences, c1930s-1940s

Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/12
Scope and Contents Thomson begins by introducing the concept of individual differences in general terms, before moving on to his own topic of intelligence, and discussing the extent of individual intelligence differences. He illustrates the wideness of the intellectual range within the population by reproducing Cyril Burt's table, Distribution of Intelligence among Children and Adults, which contains suggested IQ scores for different levels of schooling and occupational complexity in...
Dates: c1930s-1940s

The Growth of Intelligence in Children, c1930s-1940s

Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/10
Scope and Contents The notes are very brief with simple headings to aid Thomson's memory. Topics covered include the development of babies; intelligence testing and IQ; variation; examinations; teaching methods.
Dates: c1930s-1940s

The Nature of Intelligence, 10 Jul 1930

Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/16
Scope and Contents In this lecture, Thomson explores what intelligence is. He discusses the tendency to see intelligence and instinct as separate entities, and why he thinks this is inaccurate; the idea that thinking is simply trial and error using concepts and imagery rather than action; and the correlation between consciousness and intelligence in relation to the flashes of insight that come from the unconscious. He also discusses the work of Spearman, suggesting that...
Dates: 10 Jul 1930