Good news for young and old alike. A new study proves that we can raise our IQ at any age. Scientists thought until recently that IQ could not be changed after early childhood. Now they have determined that was wrong. Research has shown that short term memory improves brain power and the ability to reason and solve problems. Building brain power takes work but there are many ways to go about it. So lets get cracking and see if we can learn to be smarter.
We know that meditation, exercise and staying active helps us to keep out brain functioning longer and better. But how do we remain creative, retain more of what we read, and raise our mental capabilities? New research says we can. The idea that IQ was unchangeable after early childhood has proven wrong. And not just by a few points but by 21 points. IQ is measured by a whole battery of tests that catches a wide range of skills from verbal to cognitive and beyond. 21 points is a huge difference. If a person went from an IQ of 100 to 120 they would go from being average to gifted.
Cathy Price, scientist at University College of London believes it holds true for everyone of all ages. Price and her colleagues documented how IQ changes are linked to structural changes in the brain. In the 39 percent of subjects whose verbal IQ changed greatly, before and after brain scans showed a change in the density and volume of gray matter in the region of the left motor cortex that is activated by naming, speaking and reading. As did the density of gray matter in the cerebellum that’s associated with moving the hand. This was unexpected and no one knows exactly why. It may be that the two brain systems are more connected than thought.
Some ways to gain more brain power and get smarter is to play word games. It reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Join a knitting circle. Refining motor skills can bolster cognitive skills. Frowning makes your more analytic in your thinking.
Master one task you really enjoy.
Write reviews online when you see something you like or hate. Typing your opinions will help you understand your own thinking.
Eat Turmeric. It contains curcumin which reduces the risk of dementia.
Learn new things. Take up new hobbies and read books out of the ordinary.
Toss your smartphone. Constantly checking emails zaps your productivity.
Drink plenty of water. Dehydration forces the brain to work harder which slows it’s planning ability.
Write by hand. Brain scans show that handwriting engages more sections of the brain than typing.
Eat yogurt. Probiotics are good for your stomach and for your brain.
Play action based games.
Walking 30 minutes five days a week stimulates production of a molecule that increases brain power.
Read Shakespeare. It has been shown to engage the brain more than most other books.
Play an instrument. Learning to play an instrument boosts the IQ and increases activity in parts of the brain that controls memory and coordination.
Take a nap. A midday nap can restore brain power to it’s best and raise it beyond. Letting your mind go blank or day dreaming also leaves you renewed.