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Matching Intelligences

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Background Information

Intelligence can be measured in a number of ways, for example IQ (Intelligence Quotient), EQ (Emotional  Quotient), and AQ (Adversity Quotient). Multiple intelligences theory is another way to describe intelligence.

Howard Gardner, a psychologist and Professor at Harvard University, developed a framework in which he describes seven types of intelligence. Gardner defines intelligence as ¡¥the capacity to solve problems or to fashion products that are valued in one or more cultural setting¡¦ (Gardner, 1993).

These intelligences are also present in different parts of the brain, and if people suffer a brain injury this can affect their abilities in one or more of these intelligences.

There are also individuals who are especially talented in one of the intelligences, but not very good in others.

His classification of human intelligences is presented in the table below.

Intelligence type

Characteristics and ability

Academic Subject


Logical-mathematical intelligence possesses reasoning ability; thinks logically; in science and mathematics Sciences, Maths Grammar rules
Linguistic intelligence able to master language systems; able to communicate and express; able to use language as a means of recalling information English, Chinese Everything!
Spatial intelligence able to create mental images; able to visualize a future result in the process of problem solving; possesses imagination Design Tenses
Musical intelligence able to understand and compose music; able to understand and appreciate melody and rhythm Music Songs
Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence able to use body skillfully; good at coordinating physical movements; can use body to present ideas and emotions Physical Education Drama
Interpersonal intelligence able to work effectively with others; can understand others¡¦ emotions and intentions Social work, Management Business and social communication
Intrapersonal intelligence can understand own feelings and motivation; can review own achievements and set goals Independent learning Self-analysis

Gardner, H. (1993). Frames of mind : the theory of multiple intelligences . London: Fontana Press. Available in HKPU Library, Call Number BF431 .G244 1993, click here for details.

Recently Gardner has discussed 2 more intelligences:

Naturalist Intelligence the ability to discriminate among living things (plants, animals) and sensitivity to other features of the natural world (clouds, rock configurations). This ability was clearly of value in our evolutionary past as hunters, gatherers, and farmers; it continues to be central in such roles as botanist or chef. Biology, Catering
Existential Intelligence the ability and interest to think about questions about life, death, and ultimate realities. Philosophy, Religious studies


For each word you can click on the links to get a definition, example sentences, pronunciation or a Chinese translation.

Match the words from the left column in the bottom table to the words with the same meaning on the right.



Match the items in the boxes on the left with the items on the right:

  1. Click in the table cell containing the item you want to move.
  2. Click in the table cell where you want the item to go. The words will swap position.
  3. If an item is in the right position, it will have a green background and a tick.
  4. When all the table cells are green and have ticks, you have finished.

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Last updated on: Friday, March 23, 2012