Intelligence can be recognized in three broad areas Students, you know that all the individuals are not same in their physical appearance. Here you will also able to know that all people are not having same type and same amount of intelligence in solving all problems. According to Thurstone intelligent behaviour can be recognized in three broad areas. Abstract Intelligence Abstract intelligence is the ability to understand and manage ideas and symbols. Such as words, numbers etc. In the case of students this is very close to scholastic aptitude.