Psychological Test, Infant Intelligence Scale

Psychological Test, Infant Intelligence Scale

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This is a record sheet for the Infant Intelligence Scale prepared by Psyche Cattell for children from 2 months to 2 ½ years in age. For each month between two months and twelve months and for each two months from twelve months and thirty months of age, five activities are listed along with one or two alternates. The child was assigned points if he or she could perform that activity.
Psyche Cattell (1893-1989) was the daughter of Josephine Cattell and her husband, American psychologist James McKean Cattell. She and her six siblings were home schooled. Although she did coursework at Cornell University and elsewhere, she was not awarded an undergraduate degree as she lacked a high school diploma. She did received a master’s of education (1925) and doctorate of education (1927) from Harvard University. In the 1930s, Cattell’s interests turned to studying the intelligence of very young children. By 1940, she had prepared both a book on the subject and the Infant Intelligence Scale published by the Psychological Corporation that year. She also had moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she spent the rest of her career working with children.
American Psychological Association, 1962 Directory, ed. James Q. Holsopple, Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 1962, p. 115.
Cattell, Psyche. The Measurement of Intelligence of Infants and Young Children, New York: Psychological Corporation, 1940. This is the manual for the test.
McCulloch, T. L., “Review of ‘The Measurement of Intelligence of Infants and Young Children,’” The American Journal of Psychology, 1945, 58 # 1, p.153.
Sokal, M.M., “Psyche Cattell (1893-1989),” American Psychologist, 1991, 46 #1, p. 72.
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Psychological Test
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Cattell, Psyche
Psychological Corporation
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overall: 21.6 cm x 28 cm; 8 1/2 in x 11 1/32 in
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Gift of Samuel Kavruck
Psychological Tests
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