Early Learning and Intelligence

  • John S. Watson
  • Richard D. Ewy


There are three important ways that learning in infancy might be related to what could be termed an infant’s intelligence. For one, the infant’s ability to have and/or benefit from early learning experiences may be a function of the infant’s level of intelligence. Differences among infants in intelligence would be reflected in concurrent differences in infants’ performances in learning situations—the amount of learning, the form of learning, or the type of experience that results in learning. Observation of an infant’s learning could then be used to reveal something about the infant’s level of intelligence.


Classical Conditioning Early Learning Intelligence Test Dispositional Property Instrumental Learning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John S. Watson
    • 1
  • Richard D. Ewy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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