HomeAsia-Pacific Social Science Reviewvol. 1 no. 1 (2000)

Combining the Triarchic Theory of Intelligence and the Instance Theory of Automaticity in Investigations of Learning Tasks

Melissa Lopez Reyes



In the triarchic theory of intelligence, R. J. Sternberg proposes that the abilities to automatize thinking processes and to think through novel problems are integral components of intelligence. The triarchic theory, however, does not account for how exactly automatized processing develops or how automaticity influences performance of novel tasks. In this paper, the instance theory of automaticity is applied to a transfer-of-Iearning experimental scheme to show how abilities for automatization and dealing with novelty can be investigated as well as to demonstrate how complex thinking processes and basic memory processes can be studied in a single experiment.