Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Intelligence

Sternbergs theory (1985) derives from the information processing approach used by cognitive psychologists. Triarchic theory; meaning (ruled by three) involves three aspects of intelligence; componential intelligence, experiential intelligence and contextual intelligence.

Componential intelligence consists of the mental actions people use to plan and carry out tasks.

Experiential Intelligence is the ability to deal succesfully with new situations and to solve automatically problems that people have been faced with before.

Contexual Intelligence takes three forms; adaptation(fitting onself into the environment), selection (the ability to find one's place in society) and shaping; (shaping the environment for oneself)