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The theory of General Semantics in its present (1935) form is essentially that there exists in the human nervous system a general mechanism, somewhat similar in nature of concept to that type of functioning which we have been calling vaguely, intelligence. In distinction, however, to the commonly held views on intelligence, General Semantics implies that this mechanism is exceedingly amenable to environmental influences; that it may, in other words, show marked effects of training in Semantic methods.
To this end a group of thirty sophomores in the Washington State Normal School at Ellensburg, Washington, were given the Detroit Intelligence Test, Advanced form; then submitted to six weeks of training in Semantic methods, and then retested.
Trainor, J. C. (1935). Experimental Results of Training in General Semantics upon Intellingence-Test Scores. In H. Baugh (Ed.), General semantics: papers from the first American Congress for General Semantics (pp. 58-62). Arrow Editions.
General semantics: papers from the first American Congress for General Semantics
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