Brain training and brain fitness blog from RaiseYourIQ

Articles from psychologists on brain training, brain fitness, intelligence, improving memory, raising IQ and brain health developments in science.

Brain training increases IQ and Scholastic Ability

A new study reported at a recent Contextual Behavioral Science (Ireland) conference, found that an intensive online form of brain training called SMART brain training, lead to large increases in general intelligence (IQ) in a sample of 15 children, and to large increases in general scholastic ability in a further sample of 30 children.

Improve Memory

Improve Memory Memory is essential for intellectual functioning, so is it possible to improve memory so we can remember details or where problem solving comes more easily? One school of thought from theorists on intelligence believes that there are limits on IQ and memory improvement a person can achieve. Modern psychology on the other hand has shown through…

Brain Training Games

Brain Training Games There are a number of brain training games and brain exercises like Dual N Back and SMART brain training that works to improve mental health. Any person of any age from a kid to an adult can use brain training games to have fun while improving memory,language skills and fluid intelligence. Brain training games while an engaging leisure activity …

Increase Intelligence

Increase Intelligence Can a person increase or improve intelligence or are there factors imposed by biology that constrains IQ or memory gains. Well, psychologists at NUIM University have shown with published research that IQ can indeed be raised (see Cassidy, Roche & Hayes, 2011) and that the IQ increases have a permanent effect (Roche, Cassidy &Stewart, 201…

Brain Training For Seniors and Older Adults.

Brain Training For Seniors and Older Adults. Brain Training can benefit seniors, the elderly and adults to improve cognitive abilities and maintain a sharper mind. The reality is (and scientifically proven) that the brain starts deteriorating with age, and the process of ageing begins from as early as mid-adulthood. Today, seniors are becoming aware that they need to take care with their …

SMART Brain Training Presentation to Association For Contextual Behavioral Science

SMART Brain Training Presentation to Association For Contextual Behavioral Science At this year’s 2014 Australia/New Zealand annual conference for Contextual Behavioral Science, keynote speaker Dr. Bryan Roche, of Maynooth University, Ireland and co-founder of RaiseYourIQ, outlined the evidence for a new online intellectual skills training programme, called the SMART brain training programme, that can increase IQ or intelligen…

Cognitive Brain training

Cognitive Brain training Cognitive brain training is about giving the brain a workout or sending it to a brain gym to improve fitness levels. The actual doing of cognitive brain training will entail a series of “brain games” or intellectual tasks the person practices to improve learning and general cognitive functions, such as memory, information processing speed and at…

Brain Games

Brain Games The brain games industry is full of punch lines like “Give your brain a workout” or “Games that sharpen your mind”, punch lines that have little scientific evidence or academic research to support the claims. The brain games industry has been hijacked by software gaming companies hoping to sell thousands of apps leaving the real science based br…

Learning Games

Learning Games Learning and education is a continued part of our life journey. For kids, parents and teachers strive to make it fun and challenging. Learning games fits into the area of neuroscience and education as game-based-learning grows in popularity not just in education but in health and business. Psychologists and educationalists understand more about …

Brain Training Helps The Brain To Focus

Brain Training Helps The Brain To Focus New scientific research proves computer-based brain training exercises significantly improve the brains ability to focus and so learn more. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about one in 10 school children suffers from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who may carry this into their adult life. Linked to measurable …

Brain Training – Science Over Marketing

Brain Training - Science Over Marketing When discussing brain training, people should not confuse silly marketing claims for bad science. Brain training is probably one of the fastest growing sections in modern psychology. To put this in context, we are talking about the development of low cost software products, apps or games that claim to be able to increase peoples intelligence or …

Brain Training

Brain Training If you are considering brain training either as a game or serious intellectual skills course to help your IQ test scores and brain fitness then this article may provide you with information of what exactly brain training is. RaiseYourIQ is the only scientifically proven brain training course to improve mental performance and raise your IQ by 20 …

Falling Literacy and Numeracy Levels

Falling Literacy and Numeracy Levels As an education company passionate about brain fitness in adults and children we are concerned about falling literacy rates here and in other developed nations. Is there an over reliance in our school system on content based learning. OECD studies have found falling literacy and numeracy rates amongst children across affluent economies like the …

New research into the benefits of SMART training

New research into the benefits of SMART training RaiseYourIQ presents new research into the benefits of SMART training

RaiseYourIQ presented new research evidence for the benefits of SMART training at the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Ireland Branch, Annual Research Day on May 17th 2013 in St. James’s Hospital, Dublin. Dr. Sarah Cassidy presented data in poster form tha…

Enormous Media and Public Interest in RaiseYourIQ.com

Enormous Media and Public Interest in RaiseYourIQ.com The recent launch on May 2nd of RaiseYourIQ.com has generated enormous media and public attention in Ireland, where the product was first developed. Our online SMART training product, which is offered as a form of intellectual skills training, has been shown to raise general intelligence as well as help with several intellectual difficulties, a…

New Book On Relational Skills Launched

New Book On Relational Skills Launched We are delighted to announce the release of a new book Advances in Relational Frame Theory, by one of our Directors Dr. Bryan Roche.

The book is co-edited with Dr. Simon Dymond of Swansea University. It outlines the growing scientific support for the theory underlying SMART IQ training, which is provided online at RaiseYourIQ.com.
You can rea…

IQ Tests are not fair

IQ Tests are not fair Research conducted by Professor Adrian M. Owen of Western University, Canada, and recently published in the neuroscience journal Neuron, has corroborated many studies that point to the fact that intelligence is made up of several components such as short-term memory, reasoning and language ability. Because we all differ in our skill levels in t…

Free SMART Download for Parents and Teachers

Free SMART Download for Parents and Teachers At RaiseYourIQ.com we care about the intelligence levels of the world. That is why we are giving away this free resource that you can use to increase your own intelligence or the intelligence of your kids. This resource will be useful to teachers, parents, and anyone who cares to reach their intellectual potential. The resource is a .pdf file…

Brain training games don’t work

Brain training games don't work Brain training games don’t work, they might be fun but the paying customer wants more than fun, they want to raise intelligence levels (IQ) to help them in their education,work and life. All those brain training gaming products mentioning the word “brain” and featuring Professors in the logo could not possibly make you Smarter. Your intelligen…

Idea that intelligence cannot be raised is negative psychology

Idea that intelligence cannot be raised is negative psychology A modern psychological approach to human intelligence focuses on the exploration of human potential, rather than its limits. This is a positive and progressive approach to understanding and improving the human condition. From a behavioral psychology perspective, IQ tests simply measure the speed and accuracy with which an individual can perfor…

Educational Interventions can Raise Your IQ

Educational Interventions can Raise Your IQ Many psychologists once believe that IQ is fixed at birth, but that is an outdated position based on ideology as much as on bad science. Mounting evidence has been coming in over the past two decades that your IQ in both kids and adults can rise as a result of increased educational exposure and if people engage in brain training exercises.

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Online Brain Training

Online brain training is the scientific way to improve cognitive abilities and make the brain fitter, brain training also improves working memory and fluid intelligence. In a digital world, information or data loading from multiple streams and a longer life expectancy can expose the brain to more demands than ever before. Meanwhile in the education system, there is a lack of effort helping kids how to learn and acquire knowledge easier.

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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.

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.

Brain Training Tips from RaiseYourIQ

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Completing the SMART brain training course

The RaiseYourIQ SMART brain training course ideally should be completed in a three to six month time-frame. While we use gamification as the online delivery method, we want our customers and students to use and budget for our brain training course the same as you would any other education or skills training course. It has a beginning and an end, it includes assessments,feedback and measure the users progress from start to finish.
SMART brain training teaches people how to learn.
Our goal is for every user to complete the course, raise their IQ levels and bring this new found brain fitness into their everyday lives; be it academic,business or self-growth. The first module is absolutely free which also includes the free assessment.
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How often should I do Brain training?

While every user is different, our research suggests that 2-3 times per week for approximately 30-60 minute sessions appears to be optimal brain training for maximum IQ gains. You should NOT brain train more often than three times per week. Your intellectual skills will improve most when brain training is spaced out evenly across a long period of time (i.e., several months at least). In the same way, you will get more physically fit by training in a gym for an hour per day for 20 days, than you will by training for 20 hours all in one day!

 

Is there a best time of day to do brain training?

While there is no set best time of day, we do recommend doing SMART brain training when you are not overly tired or stressed. We suggest you include your brain training course as part of your weekly schedule. Try to include So pick a time of day when you don’t have other things competing for your attention or when you are not overloaded with distractions.

 

My child does not appear to be able to complete his/her stages? Should I help him/her through it?

SMART training does require a certain amount of task persistence. If your child does not engage with the programme, they will not benefit from it. So there is no problem with you assisting your child with training, and even sitting with them if necessary. However, it is very important that they are answering the questions and not you. As they will only gain maximum benefit if they are actively engaged with the learning process.

 

My child is not motivated to complete their stages. What should I do?

Your child will only benefit from this programme if he or she engages with it. While we have “gamified” this program as much as possible, it is after all an educational intervention and not an a form of entertainment. For some children, parents or guardians may need to use some sort of external reward system for getting a child to engage with the program, in the same manner in which a guardian might use an incentive system to encourage a child to complete their homework. Our advice is to use rewards for effort, not just for success, although you may wish to add small extra rewards for completing stages. These rewards should get bigger as the program progresses as they get progressively more difficult. While we have tried to make this leaning as fun as it can be, parents and guardians can do a lot to make a child look forward to their training and to passing stages.

 

Is it better to use this program during school breaks or during the school year when my child is in academic mode?

This largely depends on your own individual set of circumstances and on the preferences of your child. Many users have found it best to use the program during the school year because they can then apply everything they are learning to their school or college work and this will make many classes easier for them. However, research from the field of educational psychology also supports the idea that learning takes time to “consolidate” and so training during relaxed periods free from other pressures also has its advantages.One real consideration is that you or your child may have so many activities and so much homework to do during the school term or college semester that fitting in SMART training seems impossible. If this is the case, it can be treated as a fun leisure activity that is done at weekends, holidays breaks and so on. The training may take longer this will but it will be at least as effective if not more so due to being spaced out over a longer period. Brain Training Tips

Brian Health Improvement

The web is full of claims on how to improve brain health or how to train your brain to be sharper. This article is about separating the wheat from the chaff when it comes to dispensing brain health advice. These ten tips on improving brain health for a happier life all have some evidence in their favor. As we work our way down we outline the techniques that are backed up with hard evidence.

 Quit smoking

Not smoking is one of the first steps you can take to improve your brain health. But smoking is not just any old bad habit. One Archives of Internal Medicine study published in 2010 followed 21,123 smokers from 1978 to 2008. Those people who smoked more than two packets of cigarettes a day had twice the rate of dementia when they were older. This was true even when the researchers accounted for other factors that could explain the results, such as education level, race, age, diabetes, heart disease and substance abuse. Those who smoked between half and one pack a day had a 44% increased risk of developing dementia.   Even the lowest level of smoker had a 37% increased risk.   The good news is that those people in the study how used to smoke, but had stopped, had no increased risk of dementia and had normal brain functioning into old age.

 Have good relationships

One particular form of memory that we practice in relationships of all kinds is known as “transactive” memory – a concept first developed by psychologist Daniel Wegner in 1985. This is a form of memory in which we become expert in one particular type of information and often have sole responsibility for it. For example, at a party your spouse may be excellent at remembering someone’s job and taste in music once she is introduced, but she may be close to useless at remembering faces and names and even if she has met someone before. So couples often work as a team, with each being relied upon to be expert in their area of talent. While each partner may struggle without the other, together they appear to have no problems at all remembering anything in social situations. And so each partner benefits from the relationship in never feeling forgetful in social situations.

 And it turns out that the more diverse your friends are in type, the more they challenge you to think creatively. They provide you with information you would not normally have and they give you different perspectives on everything. Your friends figuratively keep your mind open.

 Think positive

There is a well-known effect in the psychology of education referred to as the “Pygmalion effect” (after the Greek myth Pygmalion) whereby teachers, often unknowingly, expect more of particular children, who then in turn strive to meet those expectations. This effect is so well known that is referred to by psychologists as the Rosenthal-Jacobsen 1968 finding after the two psychologists who first discovered it.

 In other words, if we set high standards for ourselves and are helped believe achieving them is possible, they become possible. On the other hand, children who are made to feel that there is little point in them trying to give up easily and do not reach their potential.

 In one study, psychologists taught members of an educationally disadvantaged community to believe that it is possible to become more intelligent. The children from that group showed improved mathematical ability compared to a comparable group of children who were not encouraged to raise their expectations of what is possible. So positive attitude counts.

 Get good quality Sleep

The brain does not shut off when we are asleep. There is a lot of work going on while you sleep and much of it involves consolidating the learning that took place during the day (see work by Walker, Stickgold, Alsop, Gaab, & Schlaug, 2005). Psychologists have long understood that our dreams, for example, are really just a reflection of all the work our brains are doing trying to make sense of all the information we have been taking in but have not yet fully interpreted and made sense of. So if this is true, you can solve problems and make of sense of things by “sleeping on it”. On the other hand, if you do not sleep properly, you can lose the benefit of your learning experiences. You also will not learn as well the following day. Adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night to benefit fully and perform at their cognitive peak each day. However, this method of keeping your mind sharp only makes number seven because there are now some scientific doubts about the importance of what is known as “sleep consolidation” (see work by Vertes in the journal Neuron, 2004).

 Eat Well

There are quite a range of food ingredients that are good for your brain and no end of marketing experts who will try to sell you the extracted ingredient in pill form or added to yoghurt. But the truth is that many food components can increase our mental functioning. Ginko Bilboa (extracted from the Ginko tree) has good effects on memory. Vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, some berries, and the omega 3 oils found in oily fish (and some grains) appear to improve memory and overall brain function, as do green teas and protein in general.   Protein, which we take in through meat, eggs and beans and peas (pulses) contain high levels of amino acids, such as tyrosine, which in turn cause neurons to produce the very important neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine, which are associated with mental alertness.

 The evidence is getting clearer on the effects of healthy diet and breast-feeding for an increased IQ.  Mothers who breast feed their babies for more than just a few weeks provide them with essential Omega 3 fatty acids that are generally not available in baby formula.  The same essential oils are also found in fresh fish, so kids fed plenty of fresh food and grains, including fresh fish from as early as possible, have higher IQs than kids fed on formula and processed food. Perhaps the best evidence for this comes for a gold standard Randomized Controlled Trial study published in the Journal Pediatrics by Helland, Smith, Saarem, Saugstad, & Drevon in 2003. That study compared the IQs of children fed on Omega-3 enhanced milk formula compared to those who were not. The researchers found that the IQs of the Omega-3 fed children were several points higher at four years of age – long after milk feeding had stopped.

 A child’s IQ is also helped by the diet of the mother, especially in the last trimester. If the mother eats a healthy diet high in omega 3 oils AND feeds her infant well, that infant will gain several IQ points that will last a lifetime. A mother and infant diet based on processed meals and processed foods like fizzy drinks, cheap breads and cakes, will actually reduce your child’s IQ below its expected level.

Mediate

In recent years psychologists have become more interested in some ancient wisdom around mindfulness and mediation. Some impressive evidence has sated to come in that these practices improve our physical and mental health. Meditation techniques vary widely, but they all have in common some form of stillness, focus on breathing, and achieving calm.

 Research is showing that mediation improves concentration and memory.   Studies have also tracked the growth in important brain areas associated with intelligent thinking over time as research participants practiced meditation. In one study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Professor Eileen Luders of UCLA reported that long-term meditators were found to have larger amounts of gyrification or “folding” of the brain cortex. The researchers did not prove it directly, but this process should allow the brain to process information faster and more efficiently. Another study by the same researchers and published in the Journal Neuroimage in 2009 found that those of us who meditate have more cell density in the hippocampus (associated with memory) and frontal lobes (associated with forward planning and control of behavior).

 Stress prevents good learning and it is designed to do so. The stress response prioritizes immediate information and actually shortens attention span. However, in order to think intelligently we need to think more broadly, and in a considered way. This is not possible when we are stressed. So mediation can help us to calm the mind, and so increase our ability to attend to each learning experience fully.   Some studies also appear to who that extended practice can even raise our general intelligence.

 Stay Physically healthy

It has come as a surprise to psychologists over the past decades that physical exercise is a sort of miracle cure or “panacea” for a wide range of physical, emotional and now intellectual problems. Exercise is free and there are no side effects. Physical exercise increases your blood flow, which in turn increases the amount of oxygen and glucose your brain is receiving. Exercise also generally involves physical coordination, and so your brain also gets a workout as it coordinates all of that complicated physical activity.

 Exercise helps with the growth of new brain cells (neurons) and the connections between brain cells (neurogenesis) by promoting the production of three essential “growth factors”, called brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF), insulin-like growth factors (IGF-1), and endothelial growth factor (VEGF). These factors also minimize inflammation, grow new blood vessels, and slow down cell self-destruction. A good workout can also awaken dormant stem cells in the hippocampus, a part of the mid brain that controls our memory system.Some research seems to suggest that their may be genuine intellectual benefits to exercise in terms of IQ gains.

 Stay mental activity from a young age.

 

The more conversations you have with your child, the more intelligent they will be.  Simple games involving naming objects and solving little puzzles together, making learning a social as well as an educational matter, improves your child’s IQ. Talking to your child increases their vocabulary and that is really important for their general intelligence levels. Talk to your child interactively as much as possible.  Make sure to ask open-ended questions, and show interest in the answer. Ask more questions and encourage the child to elaborate. Telling stories is very good for a child’s intellectual development, as very well documented in the text What reading does for the mind by Cunningham & Stanovich (1998).

 You can raise your child’s IQ by 6 points by simply doing this over a few years when they are young. However, the evidence suggests it may be too late by age four, so start early.

 Kids whose parents read to them most days have higher IQs.  The key, however, to an increased IQ is not just to read – but to read interactively to a child.  That means that you should use an interesting and varying tone of voice, showing lots of relevant emotion as you read.  Look for signs of interest or reactions in the child and ask them questions as you go, making sure the child understands what is being read.  For example, you could stop and ask; “what do you think happens next’? You can also check to see if they can tell you the meaning of a word, or you can provide one for them. This makes reading a fun social activity and this is where the real IQ boost comes from.  This is probably the simplest and most important thing you can do for your child and it is why TV and audio stories played from CDs or computers just will not do the trick! It turns out that kids need their parents!

 But don’t worry if you were never read to as a child. Exercising the brain and keeping mentally active is always a good idea. Fun activities like crosswords, Sudoku or whatever teases your gray matter, has long been suspected by neuroscientists to help improve your cognitive ability.  Even struggling to understand a map, or a badly written flat-pack furniture assembly guide will exercise your spatial and reasoning abilities. One of the simplest things you can do to make your brain sweat is to try to understand points of views that you do not agree with. Open your mind and listen to arguments that make no sense to you – and try to find some sense in them.

 Extend your education

 Many countries have early intervention programs (such as HEAD START, in the USA) to provide intensive early education to children at risk.  They really work for school work – but have not really been shown to improve a child’s general intellectual ability. The main benefit of these programs seems to be that they provide a rich stimulating environment for the child and intensify their educational experience. We can all do the same thing for ourselves and our kids by actively embracing problem-solving and learning every day. Take courses.   Learn that second language. Read that heavy book your were avoiding. Even older children appear to show IQ gains if their environment becomes more stimulating and challenging.

 The idea that our intelligence (or IQ score) is fixed for life is a controversial one, but evidence in support of this is weakening in light of several recent studies. One such study was recently published by Norwegian scientists Christian N. Brinch and Taryn Ann Galloway. They got around the problem of trying to separate the effect of education on IQ from the possibility that more intelligent people simply choose to have more education. Their study involved examining the effects of an increase in the duration of compulsory schooling in Norway in the 1960s. This change extended the minimum time in education for all Norwegians from 7 to 9 years. The authors cleverly hypothesized that the IQs of people who experienced this extra mandatory education should have increased by the time they reached adulthood.

 The researchers had access to excellent records of cognitive ability taken by the military for all eligible males at age 19 and they used these to calculate the IQ of each individual in the study. This allowed them to show that IQ had risen by 0.6 of a point on average for all Norwegian males over the period of study, but had risen by 3.7 points for every extra year of education received. These findings provide very strong support for the ideas that education can increase IQ, but also that even those who are required to receive extra education will benefit from it.

 

 Brain Training

Psychologists have known for quite some time that fundamental cognitive skills (for example the speed at which you process information) are fairly stable throughout our life and while we can often do more with what we have got, it’s not so easy to improve your basic cognitive skill levels, at least until recently. Now the latest player on the self-improvement scene is brain training, with all its neuroscientific gravitas and promises of genuine improvements to our fundamental cognitive skills, such as working memory and decision-making speed.

Online Brain training usually is delivered in the form of entertaining games designed to stimulate important areas of the brain associated with basic cognitive activity. Practice at these tasks lead to real changes in the cell density of those areas (neurogenesis). The idea is that we can literally boost our brains with the correct types of mental exercises. Because psychologists now know quite a bit (although not enough) about what brain areas are involved in what types of skills, they can devise exercises to target those precise areas so that, at least in theory, we can all become more agile thinkers, have more creative insights and reason more logically.

 No doubt the field has become cluttered with all manner of charlatan riding the exciting new wave of interest in what is called “Cognitive training” by psychologists. The media have made the lack of evidence for the merits of brain training a recurring theme in their pop science supplements. And it is true that many brain training companies make over-stretched claims that have even the most optimistic psychologists raising their eye-brows and cringing in discomfort. But that should not take from the basic fact that we are as certain as we ever are in psychological science that a stimulated brain develops more fully and quickly than an under stimulated one. We are also as sure as we can reasonably be that brain cell connections really do grow in response to stimulation and that stimulated brain areas are measurably better developed as a result. We are less sure that we can actually become more intelligent, insightful, and creative in our thinking as a result of brain training although all the evidence and theory points in the right direction. Some very high profile research published by Professor Susan Jaegii and colleagues has led to a high degree of confidence among psychologists that a task known as the dual N-back task can indeed raise at least one important dimension of intelligence, known as fluid intelligence. Still other work reported by Cassidy, Roche and Hayes (2011) in The Psychological Record reports IQ gains of 13 points or so for children exposed to a form of intellectual skills training.

 It is true that particular brain training products have not stood up to the rigors of scientific investigation but that in no way undermines the principle that psychologists are on to something big with brain training.

 Decades of evidence from different laboratories, involving research with animals and humans all suggest that brains can be trained and developed by mental exercise. What is at issue is whether or not particular products can do this on their own and make changes where it matters; to our general intelligence, memory and mental processing speed. And because the benefits of brain training appear to surpass those of any other method for enhancing intellectual ability, it gets the number one position on this list of top ten ways to improve your IQ.

What is SMART Brain Training

People looking to improve their mental performance ask us what is SMART brain training and what does it mean?. Well SMART brain training was developed by the RaiseYourIQ team (psychologists, education psychologists, learning experts and teachers) to help any person or child improve their intellectual learning skills and improve thier IQ levels. The science, research and intellectual capital behind our course is exclusive to RaiseYourIQ.

SMART STANDS FOR; Strengthening – Mental Abilities with – Relational Training. SMART Brain Training has been developed by RaiseYourIQ from over 10 years education and training research. The founders of RaiseYourIQ; Dr. Bryan Roche and Dr. Sarah Cassidy are education leaders, psychologists and published authors in the field of “Relational Frame Theory”. They continue their work and research in this field today. RaiseYourIQ have not borrowed the SMART science from some experts or university. We ARE the experts and have the scientific evidence to prove the superior results our users enjoy.

So what does this mean to someone looking to improve their learning ability. SMART brain training helps the learner to become expert in critical cognitive skills, called Relational Skills. These cognitive skills underlie just about everything any of us do in business, in education, work and in everyday decision making and problem-solving. Simply put “SMART brain training teaches people how to learn faster and easier”.

The online SMART brain training course is like any other education or self-improvement course, it involves just 30 minutes of effort a few times per week with the end result of improving a range of intellectual skills, higher IQ and a fitter brain. RaiseYourIQ is the only Brain Training company offering online relational skills training based on the tried and tested methods of applied behavior analysis (ABA). This learning system was developed over decades in a research tradition started by the psychologist B.F Skinner. Skinner was not a brain scientist but an expert in the science of learning and teaching. Skinner’s ideas eventually led to the development of supremely successful treatments for a whole range of educational and intellectual deficits including autism spectrum disorders, and his approach taught us how to help individuals reach and surpass their intellectual potential. RaiseYourIQ have built on this science to create a truly unique and life rewarding learning system to improve IQ and brain health.  SMART brain training is suitable for children,adults and anyone seeking to reach their potential in school,business or life.

To learning more about RaiseYourIQ why not visit us: What is SMART Brain Training or watch the video below.

Brain Training Is A Relational Skill

There is so much discussion on the web about brain training, brain health and how to improve ones IQ. The psychologists at RaiseYourIQ have pinpointed that the only real benifical brain training solution is focused on improving a persons relational skill. So how does relational skills effect our brain fitness or health. The cognitive experts agree a relational skill is a skill involved in the brain understanding the relationship between things in the world. Understanding the relationships between an aunty and an uncle, or understanding that a particular group of plants are all of the same kind (e.g., flowers), or understanding that a Persian is a type of cat but a cat is not a type of Persian, are all good examples of our brains basic relational skills.

However, in education,business and everyday interaction, our brain needs needs to be able to understand much higher levels of relational skills because we all need to be able to perform  more complicated understandings than the above samples. The relational skills we need to understand mathematics, science, language, to read and speak well, are great example of more advanced skills the brain needs to be able to perform. The psychologists at RaiseYourIQ having conducted over 10 years scientific research along with clinical studies into relational frame training and how it corresponds to IQ now have made this brain training methodology available to the general public.

The have named this brain training solution “SMART brain training” and it teaches a range of crucial relational skills and brings our relational skills to expert levels, so that all intellectual tasks come easier. SMART brain training gives people the ability to learn faster and better, it helps new information make more sense, and helps the brain think more clearly.
Studies are now supporting that SMART brain training is a break-through educational and behavioral teaching tool. SMART helps kids,adults even business people to become expert in some critical cognitive skills, called Relational Skills. These skills underlie just about everything you do in school, at work and in normal day-to-day decision making and problem-solving.

Brain Training should enhance your entire intellectual skill set.
Some brain training “games” just focus on working memory, the SMART Brain Training course (this as an educational course with real world benefits) covers the 4 key areas of “Intellectual Performance”
(1). Verbal Comprehension – improve ability to listen to a question and draw upon learned information
(2). Perceptual Reasoning – improve ability to examine a problem, organize thoughts, create solutions, and then test them
(3). Processing Speed – increase attention to quickly scan, discriminate between and order visual information
(4). Working Memory – increase the ability to memorize new information, hold it in short-term memory and concentrate

RaiseYourIQ is lead by psychologists and authors; Dr Bryan Roche and Dr. Sarah Cassidy. They are education leaders and published authors in the field of “Relational Frame Theory”.
To find out more about our company please click here RaiseYourIQ. To find out more about the science behind the SMART brain training course click here Brain Training Science