fluid intelligence

The ability to form concepts, reason and identify similarities; it is intuitive and represents the activity involved when forming new mental structures rather than making use of old ones. It includes the ability to see complex relationships and solve problems, and it can decline with age if not 'exercised'

flu·id in·tel·li·gence

(flūid in-teli-jĕns)
Ability to reason quickly and think abstractly; a combination of reasoning and abstract thought
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A more recent study described by Rabbitt (1993) recruited volunteer who were matched on age and fluid intelligence but differed in terms of experience at solving crossword puzzles (experts vs.
Analogical reasoning contributes to creativity (Dunbar, 1997; Sternberg, 1988), fluid intelligence (Cattell, 1971; Gentner, 2010), and human innovation (Markman & Wood, 2009), and provides a way to measure important cognitive skills that reflect comprehension skills (Kuncel, Hezlett, & Ones, 2004).
Barbey stated that general intelligence requires both the "ability to flexibly to reach nearby, easy-to-access states -- to support crystallised intelligence -- but also the ability to adapt and reach difficult-to-access states -- to support fluid intelligence.
Crystallized intelligence refers to accumulated knowledge and skills, and fluid intelligence is linked to problem-solving and the ability to identify patterns.
Cattell, which mainly reflects the fluid intelligence level of one's basic psychological process.
Beyond g, current psychometric literature (Carroll, 1993; McGrew, Flanagan, Keith, & Vanderwood, 1997) recognizes the importance of two broad cognitive abilities, Fluid Intelligence (Gf) and Crystallized Intelligence (Gc), originally identified by Raymond Cattell and further developed by his student, Horn (1994).
Interestingly, the Flynn effect is much larger for fluid intelligence (reasoning with geometric forms) than for crystallized intelligence (knowing a lot of vocabulary words), suggesting somewhat counterintuitively that increases in education increase fluid intelligence more than crystallized intelligence.
Testing reading is a measure of the "knowing" part of ability, says lead author Prof Colin McKenzie, while the other two tests capture fluid intelligence -- the "thinking" part of ability that includes memory, abstract reasoning and executive reasoning.
While the study didn't evaluate why self-confidence increases with age, Howe pointed to labels within the field of psychology that distinguish between fluid intelligence and crystalized intelligence.
Hagerty's report, for instance, taught me the difference between fluid intelligence and crystallized intelligence.