There is a theory by Howard Gardner that described 9 basic types of intelligence.
The 9 types are:
Naturalist, Musical,Mathematical, Existential, Interpersonal, kinesthetic, Linguisti, Intra-personal, and Spatial.
You can google it and find a test to find out which type you are. I score highest in Existential followed by Naturalist, and Intra-personal. My lowest are inter-personal and kinesthetic.
I have mixed feeling about intelligence and personality tests. In part because sometimes people treat them like astrological signs. Ew. However I also like them because I feel like they help bring attention to some of your potential strengths and weaknesses.
I can say for sure I have an affinity for thinking about existential things aswell as being drawn to natural things. In the past I felt very confused about who I was and what I liked as far as my clothing, home setting, or even just general interests. Now I’m fairly certain that if ever I’m not sure I should go with something natural as that tends to be me most pleasing to me whatever it is.
What is your intelligence type? Do you agree with the test results?
So its seems that the more words a child is exposed to the better their language ability is later in life. This doesn’t seem super surprising. One source of language learning, and source of lexical diversity is childrens picture books.
Children are often exposed to these types of text soon afterbirth and this early exposure has the potential to be important in language proficiency later in life. Other sources of language exposure that come from adults talking around the child also play an important role in early language learning and the diversity of the language that the adults use is also important. Its also significant to note that young children don’t actually read the books for themselves, typically an adult is reading the text to them.
In this study by Montag (2015) they took 100 children’s picture books and then went on to compare the types and quantity of words in them. It was noted that the words and vocabulary consist of more unique words than those that exist in ordinary child-directed conversation.
The question that is posed is: What might picture books provide to a Childs learning that ordinary conversations do not?
The conclude that ordinary speech pertains mostly to the here and now and there for consists of only related words. Picture books however can bring in all sorts of terms and ideas. They indicate that books can bring in exotic words not common to everyday speech. This leads to the child having a greater exposure to unique words than they would if they just listened to the every day speech of adults around them.
Montag, J. L., Jones, M. N., & Smith, L. B. (2015). The words children hear: Picture books and the statistics for language learning. Psychological Science, 1489-1496.
I’m planning on using my website as my personal website in addition to MisterMiceGuy so I now have two domain names. Both http://www.ryandavidtuttle.com and http://www.mistermiceguy.com will now be linked to this site. http://www.ryandavidtuttle.com will be the websites primary address.
Hey its MisterMiceGuy here! Things are really moving foward in my life and I haven’t been focusing on my online content very much the last month or so. Right now I am working on moving so I can start school in the fall. I am also working on doing a bit of rebranding.
Unfortunately I will not be able to keep breeding mice for at least the next 5 years while I am at my university. While this is very unfortunate, I am also excited for the change. I plan of distributing my best mice to various breeders in the new england area so they can use them in their own breeding projects.
Even though I will not be breeding mice after July I am still interested in producing content and animal breeding. Right now I am exploring what types of animals I might be able to work given my situation going forward. Right now I am thinking that it will be some sort of aquatic species such as Guppies or Bettas, or possibly Leopard Geckos.
Originally part of the idea behind MisterMiceGuy was that I bred mice and I was working on becoming a Behaviorist (or I already am maybe?) and typically small animals are used to study behavior. I thought that this connection to behavior might make the term MisterMiceGuy a sort of universal concept for content relating to Behavior and animal breeding. But now I am not so sure.
I really like the name MisterMiceGuy so I would like to keep it but I also don’t want to confuse people if I am no longer breeding mice or posting content specifically about mice. So I am doing some brain storming on ways I can tweek MisterMiceGuy so that I can still use the name but it also reflects my broader interdisciplinary interests.
If you have some suggestions I would love to hear them in the comments 🙂