Can we make ourselves any smarter? The answer to that particular question is still a puzzle, trying to be solved by scientists all over the world. The most common measure of how smart a person boils down to a simple calculation, known as the Intelligence Quotient or IQ. While there have been papers published stating how brain exercises could help people improve their IQ’s, there has also been researched papers published opposing the said notion.
A study published in 2008, led by Susanne Jaeggi, now a professor at The University of California at Irvine, conducted tests which reflected on how ‘fluid intelligence’ or the ability to solve novel problems works. The test sample was divided into two groups each, one training and one control group. The training group showed significant improvements in the reasoning ability test, where the control group lagged behind. This scientific study and a few others (Roche, Cassidy, et al. 2013), published evidence to the fact that the human brain could be trained to perform better in different situations or circumstances.
If you are to consider, the human brain and the Intelligence Quotient that it is associated with is a pretty much subjective term. The human brain performs well under better supervision and training. The IQ levels are not some measures of intelligence which will remain stagnant over the long run. These levels could be improved by training your brain to newer perspectives and a better environment. Nourishing the brain, just as you would with your body is essential to improve your IQ levels over time.
Note: If you want to take few test for IQ, Here are some:
Human Benchmark test: Reaction time test. I scored 318.0 ms
Brain Exercices to improve your IQ
Your brain needs just as much attention as your physical body to keep your mind in shape and to improve it. Here are 8 of the best and easy brain exercises using which you can improve your IQ.
Meditation, Visualisation and Focused breathing
We have recently seen at ShoutMeLoud, how meditation improves one’s lives for the better. We can take it a bit further and mention how meditation would also help you in improving your IQ scores. Meditation is all about focused breathing, but add in a factor of visualization and meditation will help you improve your IQ significantly. While you’re at it, try visualising a new possibility or an activity, activating all of your senses while doing so.
Let me go first, I’m now doing my daily bit of meditation, I’m focusing on my breathing. While doing so, I’m visualising a bright red apple. I take it in my hands, and now I’m feeling it. I bring it closer to me, I feel the essence of the pulpy apple. I go on and take a bite. All of my senses are now activated. I feel the apple, I feel the taste in my taste buds and I go on until a few bites before my attention breaks.
This is a simple visualisation exercise where all of your mind’s senses would be simultaneously stimulated. Meditation is not just a spiritual endeavour, it is much more than that. Meditation stimulates your cognitive brain and you can work on different muscles of your body by stimulating them through daily meditation. Visualising is a powerful tool which activates all the cortexes of the brain, allowing you to improve your IQ over time.
Improve memory using Dual n-back
The Dual n-back is a scientifically proven method to improve one’s memory with practice. Memory makes up an important part of the measure of IQ and this is something which could be definitely improved by constantly working on training the brain. Dual n-back is a popular method, devised by Wayne Kirchner in 1958. This test is a method to assess memory as a part of cognitive neuroscience. What the Dual n-back does is that the entire concept is divided into two sections – audio and visual tasks.
“Fluid intelligence (Gf) refers to the ability to reason and to solve new problems independently of previously acquired knowledge. Gf is critical for a wide variety of cognitive tasks, and it is considered one of the most important factors in learning. Moreover, Gf is closely related to professional and educational success, especially in complex and demanding environments.”
Susanne M. Jaeggi, 2008
The game is basically a cross-zero type 3×3 square field. There will be flashing of boxes and users will have to match the current position with the one that was one or two steps ahead, depending on the ‘n’ in the Dual n-back. For Dual 1-back, users will have to match the present flashing block with the one which was one step ahead. This block flashing is also followed simultaneously by an audio signal of alphabets, which are to be similarly matched one step or two steps ahead. You can take Dual n-back tests online to improve your cognitive response.
Play Crossword Puzzles and Sudoku
Crossword Puzzles and Sudoku are some of the great games that would significantly improve one’s IQ levels with a few minutes of game time each day. To add more value to this game time, try adding social interaction factor to your puzzle games, think of Scrabble. Playing such games online with friends would help you improve your IQ levelsas you get interaction in addition to brain stimulation. Puzzles are a great way to improve one’s IQ levels, given how they stimulate the motor skills. An activity involving both hand and eye involvement simultaneously help users to focus better, improving the IQ in turn.
Sudoku is also a great game that brings into picture logic, numbers and their proper positioning to make sense of the big picture. Crossword and other puzzles help keep users’ brains stimulated. Although these games have not been tested to have a significant increase in IQ levels, they are a great way of keeping your mind in-tune and in developing logical thinking and cognitive skills.