Increase Your IQ

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  1. Be observant. Part of “being smart” is being aware of things at a higher level, and understanding (or developing an understanding of) the correlations among what might otherwise seem to be disparate or random events.
    • For example, you see that two cars, heading in the opposite direction, collided head-on. Thinking simply, one could say “oops, accidents happen,” and leave it at that. If you expand your observation, you may discover meta-factors that created the conditions that led to the crash: ice on the road may have caused one car to lose traction; perhaps the two cars were heading the opposite direction on a one-way street. Or perhaps there was a dog in one car who, excited by the sight of a dog on the side of the road, jumped onto the driver’s lap; the driver lost control, and hit the other car.
    • Expansive observations can be to more productive areas as well—architecture, art, and astronomy, for example, and that’s just starting with the the As!
  2. Listen to classical music. The Mozart effect have show that by listening to classical music for only 10 minutes, a short-term improvement of eight or nine points can be measured. This could have a longer-term effect, but may take somebody with a large IQ to prove it!
  3. Exercise. Keeping your body fit as well as your mind is a great—and scientifically proven—way to enhance brain power.
  4. Read voraciously. Readingenhances the mind’s ability to comprehend, as well as encouraging you to think critically. Reading a book that you have never read before broadens your horizons, thus increasing your IQ.
    • Reading different genres is even more productive, as well as reading newspapers, current events magazines, multi-content periodicals (such as the New Yorker), even technical manuals.
    • Make sure the book is in your reading level. Reading something that is too easy for you doesn’t do anything but entertain, and while you may increase your IQ by reading a novel beyond your reading level, constantly referring to a dictionary will sap the joy out of reading.
  5. Perseverance furthers. Ignore limiting stereotypes such as “An old dog cannot learn new tricks.” Imagine the success you will feel when you bump your IQ score up ten points! Like anything else, your brain functions better when used. Actively exercising your brain has even been linked to staving off problems such as Alzheimer’s Disease.[1]
  6. Write whenever possible. Send a note instead of an email, or write a draft of a paper (or an outline) in longhand versus on your computer. It will increase visual and kinesthetic stimulation.
    • Try writing with your non-dominant hand. Writing with your opposite hand can, in fact, lead to stimulation of the side of the brain that is opposite to that hand. So perhaps a southpaw could go righty and think more logically, or a righty could try going left-handed to be more creative. Keep in mind this is only a hypothesis, but worth exploring.
  7. Play video games. Games can be a great way to stimulate the brain. Try to play a game that is out of your usual range of choices. It will help you think differently. Especially look for games that provide you with problems to solve or force you to think quickly.
    • Scientific studies have shown that playing the popular game Tetris leads to more efficient brain activity; as players become more proficient at the game, their brains show a reduced consumption of glucose (the body’s main fuel).[2] The conclusions of this study point out that glucose consumption is reduced when learning has taken place. This would be expected as when a person becomes more proficient in any activity, the effort required decreases.
    • When playing first person shooter games, try to get into the atmosphere, look at details, think every move as if it were real. This way you don’t mindlessly finish the game, and you stimulate the brain to think more than just using reflexive actions.
  8. Work on challenging your brain in new ways. Try cryptology, for example. This is when a message is written in codes and you try to figure it out. It’s challenging for some, but after a while may even become enjoyable. All logic puzzles are great.
    • Do logic and lateral thinking puzzles. These help you explore new areas, and solve problems in different ways.
    • Practice crosswords and sudoku. These activities stimulate your mind and thought processes. People may not normally consider word searches thought-provoking, but if practiced in addition to other mind games, they could prove to be easy and stimulating.
  9. Keep track of your progress. Take a weekly IQ test and record your results. If you would like to view your improvements, consider placing the results on a line graph using Excel or another graph-compatible spreadsheet program. (See external linksfor a free, tested online IQ test).
    • Bear in mind that many online IQ tests are not legitimate, and many ask for a mobile number at the end for the results. These are spam. The IQ quiz that could be considered the true IQ quiz is the Stanford-Binet and is the only true IQ test accepted by universities.
  10. Excel in school and have a better career. There is a huge amount of evidence substantiating the correlation between excellent grades and better intelligence. Good grades are the path to better careers and better ways of life.
    • Scientific encephalopathy case studies show that the brains of sophisticated professionals are anatomically larger, healthier and having more prominent convolutions, whereas the labour workers have much thinner neocortex, implicating lower than average intelligence. This is because the labourers do not use their brains often.
    • Intense learning which is required by many challenging, professional careers can certainly trigger neurogenesis and improve brain’s cognitive capacity.
    • Eat brain food. Fish is one such brain food. However, avoid fish such as Tuna, as it often contains a high amount of mercury. Also try an Omega 3 or fish oil supplement. These also have great effects on your health.



    • Exercise. This increases blood flow to the brain-resulting also in increased thought/memory.
    • Sleep. In order to store information into the long-term memory, you need to get enough sleep to transfer the short-term into the long-term. Studies show that on average, a teenager gets a bump up a grade on a test (A- -A, C+-C, etc) if he or she studies over a few weeks, and for every fifteen minutes in excess of 8 hours of sleep they get, their grade gets the bump up. Remember, this in on average. The bump up will increase or remain the same depending on the student. Just remember, it is a proven fact that sleeping longer stores more information into the long-term memory.
    • Use a Rubik’s Cube, 15-puzzle, or other toy to pass the time instead of watching TV.
    • Play games like chess and crossword puzzles. They help you to think and it can be fun at the same time.
    • Take nice, slow deep breaths when you are in thought.
    • Do cardiovascular exercise and cut down on fatty foods to circulate the blood flow to your brain.
    • Turn off the TV and put your mind to work! This also means mindless reading as stimulation is the key. Take a topic and learn it thoroughly in order to understand it.
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