New Evidence That IQ Can Be Increased With Brain Training

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A new scientific paper I produced along with Sarah Cassidy and other colleagues, published in the journal Learning and Individual Differences, shows that significant increases in general intelligence, of 28 points on average, can be produced by undertaking online relational skills training. Furthermore, significant improvements in overall educational aptitude can be achieved by a few months of practicing one’s relational skills. Bryan Roche Source: Bryan Roche

In previous blogs, I have outlined the rationale behind this training and argued that a Relational Frame Theory (RFT) approach to intellectual development may hold the key to a functional approach to brain training. That is, RFT claims to have identified some basic building blocks of intellectual development, which center around the ability to understand complex inter-relations among stimuli. For example, understanding that if something is opposite to two other things, then those two things must be the same as each other, involves a relation skill. As another example, if one object is worth more than another, the second one is worth less than the first. The idea that these skills not only underlie intelligence, but constitute it, is core to RFT, a modern behavioral approach, although it sits well with more mainstream cognitive approaches.

While most of us are relatively proficient in basic relational skills, we are actually quite deficient in solving more complex relational problems. To address this deficiency, a form of online brain training called SMART training (Strengthening mental abilities with relational training) was developed by Relational Frame Theory researchers at Maynooth University.

The Cassidy et al. study is the second such study to be published by the Maynooth University team to show that SMART training can increase general intelligence as measured by standardized IQ tests, such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC). This new study, however, provides additional evidence that scholastic ability, as measured by a gold standard aptitude test known as the Differential Aptitude Test (DATs), also increases as a result of this very particular form of intellectual skills training.

As documented in previous research, the IQ rises cannot be easily accounted for by practice at the IQ test, because the IQ test was administered only twice, with a several month interval between administrations. Furthermore, IQ rises due to practice are usually very small compared to the rises reported in this latest study. Further still, the training administered to the sample of 11-12 year old children employed in Experiment 1 of this study, was dissimilar to an IQ test. The same applies to the DATs aptitude test. This was administered only twice, and the increases in scores observed for numerical and verbal reasoning far outstripped the increases expected by practice at the test itself. Once again, the online relational skills training did not in any way teach the items on the DATs test. Advertisement

This is the second SMART study to achieve what critics of “brain training” treat as the benchmark for acceptable brain training; the transfer of skills from the training to other tasks. In this regard the Cassidy study provides more evidence that brain training can work to enhance essential intellectual skills, at least if it focuses on relational skills, or what RFT researchers call Arbitrarily Applicable Relational Responding.

A common criticism of brain training is that while it may improve some cognitive skills needed to complete the training, any benefits may have no practical relevance to daily life. In the current study, however, a sample of 30 14-15 year old children were tracked across several months of online training, 2-3 times per week for 30-45 minutes. Practice at relational skills, increased their numerical and verbal reasoning abilities, as measured by the DATs (administered and scored by independent third parties) by a significant degree. Together these numerical indices are used by educators to assess a child’s overall “educational aptitude”, which is the child’s ability to perform well in school across the board. By finding a significant increase in scholastic ability, the current study suggests that SMART relational skills training can make a real and measurable difference to the educability of a child.

While more evidence is always required when such promising results are reported by any new Brain Training method, the case is mounting that a relational frame theory approach to intellectual development may indeed have identified some basic building blocks of intelligence, once thought to be an unchangeable trait.

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New Evidence That IQ Can Be Increased With Brain Training | Psychology Today

Improvements in relational skills can enhance IQ

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A new scientific paper I produced along with Sarah Cassidy and other colleagues, published in the journal Learning and Individual Differences, shows that significant increases in general intelligence, of 28 points on average, can be produced by undertaking online relational skills training. Furthermore, significant improvements in overall educational aptitude can be achieved by a few months of practicing one’s relational skills.

Bryan Roche
Source: Bryan Roche

In previous blogs, I have outlined the rationale behind this training and argued that a Relational Frame Theory (RFT) approach to intellectual development may hold the key to a functional approach to brain training. That is, RFT claims to have identified some basic building blocks of intellectual development, which center around the ability to understand complex inter-relations among stimuli. For example, understanding that if something is opposite to two other things, then those two things must be the same as each other, involves a relation skill. As another example, if one object is worth more than another, the second one is worth less than the first. The idea that these skills not only underlie intelligence, but constitute it, is core to RFT, a modern behavioral approach, although it sits well with more mainstream cognitive approaches.

While most of us are relatively proficient in basic relational skills, we are actually quite deficient in solving more complex relational problems. To address this deficiency, a form of online brain training called SMART training (Strengthening mental abilities with relational training) was developed by Relational Frame Theory researchers at Maynooth University.

The Cassidy et al. study is the second such study to be published by the Maynooth University team to show that SMART training can increase general intelligence as measured by standardized IQ tests, such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC). This new study, however, provides additional evidence that scholastic ability, as measured by a gold standard aptitude test known as the Differential Aptitude Test (DATs), also increases as a result of this very particular form of intellectual skills training.

As documented in previous research, the IQ rises cannot be easily accounted for by practice at the IQ test, because the IQ test was administered only twice, with a several month interval between administrations. Furthermore, IQ rises due to practice are usually very small compared to the rises reported in this latest study. Further still, the training administered to the sample of 11-12 year old children employed in Experiment 1 of this study, was dissimilar to an IQ test. The same applies to the DATs aptitude test. This was administered only twice, and the increases in scores observed for numerical and verbal reasoning far outstripped the increases expected by practice at the test itself. Once again, the online relational skills training did not in any way teach the items on the DATs test.

This is the second SMART study to achieve what critics of “brain training” treat as the benchmark for acceptable brain training; the transfer of skills from the training to other tasks. In this regard the Cassidy study provides more evidence that brain training can work to enhance essential intellectual skills, at least if it focuses on relational skills, or what RFT researchers call Arbitrarily Applicable Relational Responding.

A common criticism of brain training is that while it may improve some cognitive skills needed to complete the training, any benefits may have no practical relevance to daily life. In the current study, however, a sample of 30 14-15 year old children were tracked across several months of online training, 2-3 times per week for 30-45 minutes. Practice at relational skills, increased their numerical and verbal reasoning abilities, as measured by the DATs (administered and scored by independent third parties) by a significant degree. Together these numerical indices are used by educators to assess a child’s overall “educational aptitude”, which is the child’s ability to perform well in school across the board. By finding a significant increase in scholastic ability, the current study suggests that SMART relational skills training can make a real and measurable difference to the educability of a child.

While more evidence is always required when such promising results are reported by any new brain training method, the case is mounting that a relational frame theory approach to intellectual development may indeed have identified some basic building blocks of intelligence, once thought to be an unchangeable trait.

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Online Brain Training

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Online brain training as part of a weekly routine can raise memory retention, increase IQ, and help the brain focus better, develop fluid intelligence skills and improve the brains processing speed. This is the real world benefits experienced by tens of thousands of people who are serious about improving their intellectual capacity.

Smart Brain Training from RaiseYourIQ is the only scientifically proven brain training game to raise IQ by 20-30 points while also helping people to think faster, focus better, and remember more with as little as two 20 minutes sessions per week. Smart brain training with over 70 brain exercises in 3 modules has been developed by psychologists and is a clinically proven brain training course that improves the brains cognitive ability. It is easy for anyone, child or adult to challenge the brain a few times week with a series of brain games and exercises designed by neuroscientists to exercise memory, attention and cognitive functions.

RaiseYourIQ have the best free online brain training exercises plus FREE bonus brain training games included with every account. First is our “N-back Brain Training” this brain game is great for improving fluid intelligence. Next a user can play our “Brain Speed” game which is ideal for thinking on your feet. Also free is “Brain agility” which has been designed to improve multi-tasking. The fourth free brain training game is “Brain Memory” which is perfect for memory enhancement.

Science and educational psychologists now promote online brain training for the real-life benefits clinical studies have shown that brain training improves IQ and general intelligence. Brain training online does take work and discipline to have a sharper, smarter and fitter brain, for example at RaiseYourIQ we see most IQ and intellectual gains from users doing two sessions of forty minutes duration twice a week. This can be scheduled into any person’s routine and within three short months, most people see IQ gains of between 20-30 points with others seeing as much as a 50 point IQ gain.

So brain training online will not just help a brain to become fitter, it also raises IQ and fluid intelligence where the benefits can be seen in school, tests, business and working memory situations.

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Is Brain Training Just A Game?

Is brain training an intellectual skill to learn or just a game for fun?. With the increase awareness of mental health there is allot of discussion on the web about brain training, brain health and how to improve one’s IQ. Firstly the psychologists with support from clinical trials and data (experts in the field of relational frame training) at RaiseYourIQ have pinpointed that the only real meaningful brain training solutions are the ones focused on improving a person’s relational skill and not just memory re-call which games focus on. This is where brain training games has its limitations as in education,business and everyday interaction, our brain needs to be able to understand much higher levels of relational skills because we all need to be able to perform more complicated understandings. A brain training game while fun cannot work on the brains relational skills we need to understand mathematics, science, language, to read and speak well. The psychology team at RaiseYourIQ having conducted over 10 years scientific research along with clinical studies into relational frame training and how it corresponds to IQ.

Does Brain Training Work?

This same question could be asked of any online skills course. If you take an online language course to learn Spanish, then after a period of time you should be able to better understand and speak Spanish. This can be validated by taking assessments and tests as part of the course. The same applies to a brain training course. After a defined period of time, assessments and tests should indicate to you how much your brain has become fitter across a number of relational skills. SMART Brain Training is a education course to deliver a targeted interaction that challenges the brain to facilitate learning faster and easier, meaning the benefits that go beyond performance on the brain training course itself into school,business and everyday life. Why not take a free IQ assessment and no obligation trial.

 

Business Brain Training

Business Brain Training

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Can Business People Benefit From Brain Training?

Yes, RaiseYourIQ have 1000’s of business people using the SMART brain training course. Brain training is used by the business community to help not just with improving IQ and mind mapping but in everyday business interactions such as remembering names, making it easier to learn new information and especially in the area of improved problem solving. Brain training can help teams perform better, sales people improve techniques or even as an online skills course for employees.

 

Help with Head Space and Mindfulness?

SMART brain training can work with your head space to improve mindfulness and overall brain health. Brain training develops a stronger, fitter brain that is better able to cope with business,stress and life challenges. Brain training works by improving the brains function in regards to problem-solving, learning capacity, promoting positive thinking and improving mood. A fitter brain has less stress and is in more control of decision making. Teachers can use brain training as mindfulness exercises to help kids, including those with ADHD, anxiety and autism, regulate behavior and focus on learning. SMART brain training can help business people right down to kids deal with the everyday difficulties of today’s lifestyles.

 

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Memory Games

Memory or mind games are a superb way to train the brain to increase intelligence levels and improve attention skills. Memory games are very beneficial in business,sales or any profession where memory recall such as names, data, events or information is important. RaiseYourIQ offers a number of free memory games including “Brain Speed” “Brain Agility” and Brain Memory” to all users including the award winning N-Back brain game. All our memory games have been developed by our own educational psychologists in conjunction with published neuroscientists and academics.

 

Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills are drastically improved by using brain training. Problem solving and decision making are critical skills in business, teamwork and personal situations so brain training works by strengthening the connection between different types of problem solving methods the brain uses. The brain training exercises work on memory improvement, thinking, planning, logical reasoning, fluid intelligence and processing speed, all components used by the brain in problem solving and understanding complex tasks. The brain training method at RaiseYourIQ is also is scientifically proven to raise IQ by 20-30 points or more.

 

Mind Mapping

SMART brain training improves mind mapping skills and provides the learning techniques to unlock the potential of the brain. Brain training and mind mapping is about acquiring the skills to clarify thinking, manage complex information and improve visual comprehension. Brian training will help the mind to access more of the brains intelligence for problem solving, planning, memory recall and logical reasoning. As brain training also works the brain fitter brainstorming and solution identification become easier. RaiseYourIQ have some free brain games especially created to improve mind and memory mapping skills.

 

Increase Intelligence Training

Increase intelligence training is designed to work on raising IQ (verified by pre and post IQ tests) and also improving working memory, the brains processing speed and perceptual reasoning. IQ or Intelligence is not a fixed trait and can be improved. Scientific evidence shows that intelligence training using SMART brain training from RaiseYourIQ will not only raise IQ but also sharpen the users ability to retain information, think and reason at a higher level. Intelligence is important in business, education and career choices as research shows that having a high IQ score on standardized tests is linked to having a high score on other important tests the user may take including “Placement tests”, “SAT” and “ACT” tests.

Can Brain Training Work for Seniors

Can brain training work for seniors or people advancing in age?. Research seems to now prove that brain training or some form of cognitive training can benefit seniors, the elderly and adults to improve the brains functions. As any doctor wil point out, the brain will deteriorate as we age, and the process of ageing can begin as early as mid-adulthood. Today, senior people are alert to the fact that they need to take care with their mental health to reduce the risk of cognitive diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.

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No matter what age or stage of life, people never stop learning and the brain never stops processing information. In recent published articles from a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) it was found that brain training conducted by older adults had positive effects on the brain that could last for ten years. Science has demonstrated that keeping the brain active as people age can be beneficial not just for cognitive functioing but to overall health aswell.

Brain training exercises need not be stressful for older people says RaiseYourIQ founder Doctor Bryan Roche, an author and who also lectures in “Interventions to enhance intellectual skills” at NUIM University. Doctor Roche’s support for brain training is backed up by his research interest in the experimental analysis of complex human behavior and in particular in the analysis of language and cognitive processes vis-à-vis Relational Frame Theory (RFT).  He employs the concepts of Relational Frame Theory in social psychological research into implicit testing the development of teaching protocols to enhance general cognitive functioning

Brain training and cognitive training should help seniors and adults to continue to learn and enhance the brains ability to processes information. These “relational brain training skills” teaches a range of crucial relational skills that help to sharpen intellectual and cognitive ability in people of any age. When these skills are improved, the scientific research suggests, all intellectual tasks come easier. It can help seniors and adults make sense of new information the mind encounters while also helping people to think more clearly.

Research being carried out at Johns Hopkins University, Baylor College of Medicine, and NUIM University along with other universities into brain training science for seniors and adults is shattering the myth that seniors, and older people, can’t learn new information. The real life benefits into cognitive training is that people who participate in brain training exercises report they have an easier time with daily activities such as managing medications, cooking meals or handling financial matters. The brain training programs they interact with are focused on teaching strategies to improve cognitive performance, like memory training to teach seniors how to remember names or lists or reasoning training to help older people recognize number sequences.

Brain training for seniors has become an important part of mental and life wellbeing. Other studies have shown that seniors who are cognitively active are 2.6 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia than those who are not. This is not a scare statistic but one that might encourage older adults to consider taking some time in their weekly routine to sharpen the cognitive skills.

As people age, there is a tendency to concentrate on diet like eating healthier food and doing light physical exercises to be in shape however scientists point out that some amount of brain activity is also needed for a more complete lifestyle that supports the ageing process. Brain training is not time demanding, in fact just spending 20 to 30 minutes a day on playing brain games to keep the brain active and agile will see changes that last a decade. Brain training for seniors will be a habit that sees them stay sharp for a longer time leading to a longer self-reliable life.