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Maynard November 19th, 2014 9:23pm

Spelling ability is a significant predictor of an individuals global IQ?

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Maj Worth Economist
11/19/14 3:53 pm

Not spelling. My brother is incredibly smart, but dyslexic. My son is incredibly smart, but six. I'm incredibly smart, but have autocorrect. ;)

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Arananthi Literal Ninja
11/19/14 3:54 pm

Hell, I'm a professional writer and I STILL f**k up it's vs. its on a regular basis. I'd say probably vocabulary is a much better predictor -- but I think the best such predictor is the ability to "play" with language in a way that other people grok.

Arananthi Literal Ninja
11/19/14 4:00 pm

Like if I said "We were all gawkward at a few enshambled hice in the midst of some Old-White-Man-sions we passed," the fact that you can read that and understand what it means and understand that it's pungrammatical means I'm fulls geniusy. :)

fredd TrumpLand
11/19/14 3:07 pm

Vocabulary is. I'd assume spelling to show some indication but less usefully than vocab.

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iBakes California
11/19/14 2:25 pm

Probably. It's an indication of education and thinking of the variables that predict education, most of them would be good predictors of IQ (or the ability to score well on IQ tests).

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Maynard Londor
11/19/14 2:28 pm

It's weird because vocabulary comprehension, especially with regards to the WAIS-IV test, is a predictor of IQ, but spelling apparently isn't. I'm sure spelling helps in academic situations though.

iBakes California
11/19/14 2:31 pm

Hmm. Maybe the lower-level cognitive stuff is just an indirect effect, while the higher-level stuff is a direct correlation.

Maynard Londor
11/19/14 2:24 pm

Though vocabulary comprehension is an excellent predictor of IQ, spelling itself is not.

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