Motivation Influences IQ Test Scores
According to a new study, the motivation of the person who is taking the IQ test is very important, as it can influence the results. That performance is also correlated to that person’s future success. Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, the researchers who led the study and her team performed two studies, one of which was a review of the effect of incentives on IQ scores. In what concerns people who score above average at the IQ tests, motivation did not do too much for them, as it increased only with a quarter their performance. However, for people who scored less than average, motivation had a great influence, as it made them score 16 points more than they previously had.
The second study consisted of the researchers seeing video tapes of boys taking IQ tests, assess their motivation based on standard rubric behaviors and then see how they did a decade later, in matters of criminal records, jobs and educational attainment. According to the researchers, the IQ scores were equally predictive of the outcome of adults years later. “What we were really interested in finding out was when you statistically control for motivation, what happens to the predictive power of the IQ tests? What we found is that the predictive power goes down significantly,” Duckworth said. According to what she said, IQ tests are very important and people should not take them less serious, because they have the power to predict the kind of person one is going to be in the future. Thus, people who score high at these IQ tests are more likely to be successful because they try harder, while people who score low, may be less hard working and less intelligent, and thus, their rate of success in life drops significantly. As said before, motivation is very important and the more motivated people are, the more things they can get done. Furthermore, if there’s something very important that you want, the fact that you want it helps you strive and do things better. All things in life seem to be highly influenced by the IQ test scores you get as a young person, as these tests predict the way in which you are going to handle things.11