Integrating Hot and Cool Intelligences: Thinking Broadly about Broad Abilities

W. Joel Schneider, John D. Mayer, Daniel A. Newman

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Although results from factor-analytic studies of the broad, second-stratum abilities of human intelligence have been fairly consistent for decades, the list of broad abilities is far from complete, much less understood. We propose criteria by which the list of broad abilities could be amended and envision alternatives for how our understanding of the hot intelligences (abilities involving emotionally-salient information) and cool intelligences (abilities involving perceptual processing and logical reasoning) might be integrated into a coherent theoretical framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Intelligence
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2016


  • Broad abilities
  • Cattell-Horn-Carroll Theory of Cognitive Abilities
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Hot intelligences
  • Personal intelligence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Education
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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