Designed by Max Hancock for The Noun Project

Designed by Max Hancock for The Noun Project

More and more studies are showing that “IQ” is not a set number randomly assigned to you at birth. Your capacity to learn new information is fluid, ever changing, and entirely flexible; especially so, as documented in a recent Scientific American article, when using a “dual n-back task” that targets working memory. As Andrea Kuszewski, Behavior Therapist and Consultant for children on the autism spectrum, explains:

[A dual n-back task] requires you to focus on specific details while ignoring irrelevant information, which helps to improve your working memory over time, gradually increasing your ability to multi-task the information effectively.

There’s five lifestyle changes that she recommends in order to increase brain training every day, and often conveniently, during your normal routines. Overall, it’s about putting yourself outside of your comfort zone or into problem-solving situations; both areas that smartphones or the ever at-hand Google have significantly reduced.

Here’s a few favorites:

Seek Novelty: Always look to new activities to engage your mind—expand your cognitive horizons. Learn an instrument. Take an art class. Go to a museum. Read about a new area of science. Be a knowledge junkie.

Do Things the Hard Way: There are times when using technology is warranted and necessary. But there are times when it’s better to say no to shortcuts and use your brain, as long as you can afford the luxury of time and energy. Walking to work every so often or taking the stairs instead of the elevator a few times a week is recommended to stay in good physical shape. Don’t you want your brain to be fit as well? Lay off the GPS once in a while, and do your spatial and problem-solving skills a favor. Keep it handy, but try navigating naked first.

Read the rest here.

  • http://bottes-western.shastadatadirector.com bottes western homme

    bottes western homme…

    This is really good to know. I hope it will be productive in the potential. Good occupation on this and maintain up the good work….

  • http://ugg-chaussures-prix.northcoastparks.com ugg chaussures prix

    ugg chaussures prix…

    Recently, I didnt give plenty of imagined to support leaving observations on world wide web page page articles and give placed opinions even far less. Looking through in your outstanding article, will let me to do sometimes…

  • http://bottes-spiral.shastadatadirector.com bottes spiral nouvelle collection

    bottes spiral nouvelle collection…

    Thank you for your article.Thanks Again. Awesome….

  • http://vente-bottes-pluie-femme.trypowerplaystats.com bottes pluie femme hunter

    bottes pluie femme hunter…

    I’m really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays…..

  • john

    Its not “Duel”, idiot, its “dual”. as in two.

  • Randy Zeitman

    “More and more studies are showing that “IQ” is not a set number randomly assigned to you at birth.”

    ok … why not tell us what they are?

blog comments powered by Disqus