On the Capacity to Change: Exploring the Malleability of Intelligence


  • Michèle P Cheng The University of British Columbia
  • Sonja Saqui The University of British Columbia


Intelligence, malleability, growth mindset


“Does intelligence have the capacity to change?” Addressing this question is of primordial importance, as how we characterize intelligence can have significant consequences for individuals. The following paper will explore the controversy related to the malleability of intelligence. It will critically analyze the nature and nurture aspects of the debate, and attempt to offer a solution as to whether or not intelligence has the capacity to change.

Author Biographies

Michèle P Cheng, The University of British Columbia

3rd year MA student in School Psychology

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education

Sonja Saqui, The University of British Columbia

3rd year MA student in School Psychology

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education


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How to Cite

Cheng, M. P., & Saqui, S. (2017). On the Capacity to Change: Exploring the Malleability of Intelligence. Emerging Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Graduate Research in Education and Psychology, 1(2), 1–9. Retrieved from https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/ep/article/view/30357