Fagan's theory proposed that intelligence is the ability to process information.
The initial view of intelligence was that you could not predict later development in a child. This rested on the idea that intellectual abilities were based on motor development and abilities and developmental milestones and norms.
This discontinuity view stated that there was no discernable way to predict later intellectual status from early development, where motor development and milestones were examined.
The continuity view challenged the discontinuity view, stating that the tests initially observed relied too much on perceptual motor skills. The continuity view argued that intellectual development appears to be continuous, and intellectual processes used by infants appear to be the same as those used later in life.
The attentional measures studied in people in the continuity view showed that there was strong evidence for prediction of intellectual performance in a person.
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