Maud Merrill

Maud MerrillIn existographies, Maud Merrill (1888-1978) was an American intelligence psychologist noted for []

Cox 300 geniuses
In 1924 to 1926, Merrill was one of the IQ rankers, along with Catherine Cox and Lewis Terman, in the determination of the IQs of the top 300 geniuses of the Cattell 1000. [1]

Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale
In 1926, Merrill was hired by Lewis Terman, at his own expense, to help in doing a revising the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale (1916). When she was later appointed to associate professor the relationship shifted again, and they became colleagues. Eventually, after years of working with Terman on the revisions for the Stanford-Binet, the relationship evolved once more. In 1930, Terman and Merrill became collaborators and coeditors of the Stanford-Binet Project. The administration of the Stanford-Binet was an area in which Merrill particularly excelled. She became an authority on the topic and one of the main elements of her job while working at Stanford was the training of undergraduate and graduate students on how to properly administer the newly revised Stanford-Binet Intelligence scale. [2]

Merrill completed his AB in 1911 at Oberlin College and her AM in 1920 and PhD in 1923 both at Stanford University.

The following are noted quotes:

“One rater (Merrill) has scored on the basis of the record of Goethe’s youth an IQ of 225. Goethe’s true IQ may in the history of mankind have been equaled in a few instances; one may well wonder whether it has ever been exceeded?”
Catherine Cox (1926), Early Mental Traits of 300 Geniuses

1. (a) Cox, Catherine. (1924). “On the Early Mental Development of a Group of Eminent Men” (preliminary report of findings; fuller version in 1926 book) , dissertation/thesis. Stanford University.
(b) Terman, Lewis. (1925). Genetic Studies of Genius. Volume I. Mental and Physical Traits of a Thousand Gifted Children (Arc). Stanford University Press, 1926.
(c) Cox, Catharine. (1926). Genetic Studies of Genius. Volume II. The Early Mental Traits of Three Hundred Geniuses (GB) (Arc) (pdf) (ratings, pg. viii). Stanford University Press.
2. Maud A. Merrill (1888-1978) – American Psychological Association.

Further reading
● Terman, L. M., & Merrill, M. A. (1937). Measuring intelligence: A guide to the administration of the new revised Stanford-Binet tests of intelligence. Boston: Houghton.
● Terman, L. M., & Merrill, M. A. (1960). Stanford-Binet intelligence scale: Manual for the third revision, form L-M. Oxford, England: Houghton Mifflin.

External links
Maud Amanda Merrill –

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