Nonverbal intelligence describes thinking skills and problem-solving abilities that do not fundamentally require verbal language production and comprehension. This type of intelligence involves manipulating or problem solving about visual information and may vary in the amount of internalized, abstract, or conceptual reasoning and motor skills that are required to complete a task. Nonverbal intelligence is often closely linked with the Performance IQ domain of intellectual ability tests that evaluates nonverbal abilities, a domain which is often viewed in comparison to the Verbal IQ domain.
The earliest intelligence tests developed in the mid- to late-1800s primarily measured sensory and motor abilities rather than conceptual or language abilities. However, the introduction of the 1905 Binet-Simon Scale and factor analytic theories of intelligence brought a wave of new perspectives on intelligence testing, separating out visual...
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