Letters, May 11, 1936

Temple's I.Q..

Sirs:

I am not a psychologist, hut it is my impression that I.Q. is the ratio of menial age to physiological age. in which case your state- ment regarding Shirley Temple's I.Q. (TIME, April 27, p. 40) has no meaning. A 9-year-old may have almost any I.Q. What is meant, presumably, is that Shirley's mental age is 9 and her I.Q., therefore, about 130.

L. A. BEHR

Mt. Yernon, N. Y.

To eleven other vigilant amateur and professional psychologists who corrected TIME on Shirley Temple's intelligence quotient, apologies for a slip. TIME intended to...

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