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Mental Ability

Definition of the noun mental ability

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  1. the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of mental ability: capacity
    • more generic words: ability / power = possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
    • more specific words: prescience / prevision = the power to foresee the future

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Google previewEncyclopedia of applied psychology (2004)

A-E by Charles Donald Spielberger

Pulakos and Schmitt also found that interviews had incremental validity beyond mental ability. In 1996, Huffcutt and colleagues explored the extent to which employment interview evaluations reflect cognitive ability. A meta-analysis of 49 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Special Education (2007)

A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals by Cecil R. Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen

Mental ability (aptitude), concerns those components that are assumed to constitute the mind, and therefore explain learning. Mental-ability structures, in more scientific parlance, may be referred to as information-processing behaviors. Mental ...

Google previewThe New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (2016)

by NA NA

This pattern of moderate to strong positive correlations across the whole spectrum of mental abilities led Spearman to hypothesize the existence of a general mental ability similar to the common notion of intelligence. A person's ability with any ...

Google previewDictionary of Biological Psychology (2003)

by Philip Winn

The mental ability to form metarepresentations is a prerequisite for the ability to develop a THEORY OF MIND, which includes the ability to understand that beliefs are constrained by access to information. Patients with AUTISM have a specific ...

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