Sternberg's Triarchic Model of Intelligence

By — Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
Updated on Jul 20, 2010

Intelligent Behavior Involves...

Environmental Context

  • Adapting behavior to fit the environment
  • Adapting the environment to fit one's needs
  • Selecting an environment conducive to success

Prior Experience

  • Dealing with a new situation by drawing on past experience
  • Dealing with a familiar situation quickly and efficiently

Cognitive Processes

  • Interpreting new situations in useful ways
  • Sustaining concentration on a task
  • Separating important information from irrelevant details
  • Identifying effective problem-solving strategies
  • Finding relationships among seemingly different ideas
  • Making effective use of feedback
  • Applying other cognitive and metacognitive processes as well
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