We know Binet today largely for his contributions to intelligence testing. Howev

We know Binet today largely for his contributions to intelligence testing. However, although less well known, he also made important contributions to the study of developmental, experimental, educational, and social psychology. If any of these topics interest you, a good place to learn more is Siegler, Robert S. (1992). “The other Alfred Binet”. Developmental Psychology. 28 (2): 179–190. doi (Links to an external site.):10.1037/0012-1649.28.2.179
Some of Binet’s most important contributions were in the are of cognitive development. Not surprisingly, given his work with Simon, this work of Binet is thought to have influenced Piaget. To learn more about this, a good starting point might be Wesley, F. (1989), “Developmental cognition before Piaget: Alfred Binet’s pioneering experiments,” Developmental Review, 9 (1), 58-63. doi:10.1016/0273-2297(89)90023-3 (Links to an external site.)
The development of tests of intelligence have impacted modern society in many ways. Exploring these would be an interesting topic as would exploring the many concerns that have been raised about the use and interpretations of intelligence tests.
Freud’s theories are often criticized because they were inspired by a case studies; however, both Binet and Piaget based much of their theorizing on observations of their children and have not been similarly criticized. Explore why these examples of theory development have been viewed differently.
The Simnon-Binet intelligence test has been used to identify both “feeblemindedness” and “giftedness.” Explore whether or not one (or both) of these applications has been successful.

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