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Avaliação Psicológica

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GOMES, Cristiano Mauro Assis  and  MARQUES, Eunaihara Ligia Lira. Validity evidence for the executive, legislative and judicial thinking styles. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.15, n.3, pp. 327-336. ISSN 1677-0471.

Studies have showed that the thinking styles of the theory of mental self-government are related to academic achievement. Despite of their relevance, just one study directly investigated the validity of the thinking styles, in terms of items factor structure. The present study aims to investigate evidences of validity of the executive, legislative and judicial thinking styles. The sample was composed by 278 high school students of a public school in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Three fluid intelligence tests from the Higher-Order Cognitive Factor Battery and the Sternberg’ Thinking Styles Inventory (Functions) were administered. Confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling were used. The results indicate favorable evidences about the factor structure of the three evaluated thinking styles and their differentiation on the cognitive abilities. Implications to the theory are discussed.

Keywords : thinking styles; intelligence; validity statistical; cognitive fitness.

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