The wonderful combination of two kinds of intelligence can be experienced in the current EY ALTER exhibition.
A large model of the head is located in the middle of the EY ALTER exhibition. Two contoured discs facing one another, covered in compartments on the outside and absolutely smooth on the inside. When you swipe your hands over the smooth surface, images are activated.
On the one side, lines flash across the surface. On the other side, new net structures appear again and again. Just a game? Not at all. The variable images represent a model of intelligence with far-reaching consequences – a model of fluid and crystallised intelligence
Fluid intelligence is responsible for the speed at which we process information, for memory and the powers of retention, spatial orientation, and logical thinking.
Crystallised intelligence is based on our prior experiences. It gives us access to our acquired knowledge and is responsible for vocabulary and our ability to express ourselves, to read, and to write.
But the most important thing the model reveals about age is: fluid and crystallised intelligence develop differently over the course of our lives. While fluid intelligence tends to decline once we have reached early middle age, crystallised intelligence is generally preserved and can even improve.
Not quite. Everybody has components of both types of intelligence, which interact with one another. However, the fact that one or the other of these types of intelligence is dominant in different phases of our lives provides us with an explanation for why teams work particularly well when they consist of mixed age groups. Only once both sides come together can the full potential be realised.
This leads to the following conclusion:
Bring together young and old minds – it’s worth it!
By the way: the model of fluid and crystallised intelligence was developed by the British-American personality psychologist Raymond Bernard Cattell in 1971. He was 66 at the time.