you can improve IQ

Science has proven you can improve IQ. In this article, Dr. Bryan Roche outlines why our IQ is not fixed for life and it is time to change our view of intelligence.

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You have probably heard that you cannot improve IQ.  But that is not strictly true.

Can we improve IQ or is IQ fixed for life? Well, you may have read in various places that your IQ is fixed for life. That is somewhat true – but for surprising reasons is also misleading. In truth the apparent stability of your intelligence is somewhat of a trick conjured up by intelligence test developers, psychologists and statisticians who have already started their work from the position that you cannot improve IQ meaning intelligence is fixed for life.

This idea is based on little more than the intuition of Sir Francis Galton, and the pondering of some early IQ researchers such as Catell, Spearman and Sir Cyril Burt.  Some of these researchers had political motivations for this position, and indeed Sir Cyril Burt was posthumously disciplined for by the British Psychological Society for faking his IQ research data to fit with the idea that IQ is fixed for life and is determined biologically.

No psychological research has ever FOUND that intelligence is fixed for life.  Instead, tests for general and specific intellectual ability are developed in such a way that your score from one test take to another (say a year apart) will not change much.  The simplest way in which this is achieved, is by masking the gain in your improvement over time by NOT calculating your real raw score on the test, but instead calculating your score in terms of how it compares relatively to people of your age.

Because everyone of your age is improving intellectually at the same rate this way of scoring the IQ test creates the false impression that you are not getting any smarter.  Indeed, the whole population is getting smarter (an effect known as the Flynn effect), but tests are regularly revised to make sure that this is disguised.  The tests are designed in advance so that someone in the bottom 20 percent of the population, for example, will continue to score well below the average score.  As the population becomes smarter, the gap closes between the raw score of someone on the 20th percentile and the average score of someone on the 50th percentile (always defined as a score of 100).

The newer tests open the gap again to keep the low scorers scores down and away from the average score.  This is intended to disguise the fact that the lowest scorers in the population are in fact doing much better than people just one generation ago.  More illusion and confusion for the genal public!

You Can Improve IQ and The Data Proves it!

Aside from errors in the logical argument that IQ must be fixed for life, based on the finding that your IQ scores do not change across time much (when the test is rigged to guarantee that!), it is simply NOT true that people do not develop and improve intellectually. Admittedly, the evidence is weak that you can achieve large IQ gains from simply playing a brain training app.  But the evidence is not weak, that you can show improvements in IQ from targeted educational interventions, such as those developed within the field known as Applied Behavior Analysis. Practitioners in that field have, for many decades, been producing exceptionally large IQ gains in children with learning difficulties.

Across many scientific papers that I (Dr. Bryan Roche) and others have published over the past decade, it has been shown repeatedly that scores on a wide variety of standardized measures of intelligence and cognitive abilities, can be raised significantly using a Relational Frame Theory-based intervention known as SMART (Strengthening Mental Abilities with Relational Training) that does not involve training of skills directly relevant to IQ tests.

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The SMART method is closely related to the types of techniques used in Applied Behavior Analysis and was developed across several peer reviewed scientific papers.  Calling the SMART method “brain training” may be a bit of an over-simplification.  It is targeted fundamental intellectual skills training done in a digital format.   We have argued for many years that this is clear evidence for “far transfer”. That is, we consistently get very large gains in IQ for most or all users of SMART training, that we have made available at RaiseYourIQ.com, on every and all measures employed to asses intelligence (e.g., arithmetic, vocabulary, reading), despite the fact that our intervention is in no way “training to the test”. That is, there are no IQ test items in our training.

Our classic online training uses nonsense words only (no recognisable or nameable words or shapes of any kind). Our training for younger kids does use images and real words as a workup to the classic training so widely cited in the scientific research literature. We train only a small number of syllogistic-style reasoning tasks that we have discovered are relevant to almost every aspect of intellectual functioning.  But we do it across thousands of tasks over many months of casual training in an online game-like environment.

Despite the admittedly almost unbelievable results obtained for the effects of SMART training at RaiseYourIQ.com, across several studies from several labs using several different measures across several different populations, the public is still not convinced that IQ tests of all kinds measure a flexible skill set rather than a fixed trait and that you can in fact Raise Your IQ. The data is out there. The data is published in peer reviewed scientific journals of all kinds.  The discussions of this data happen at conferences all over the world – but it takes time for these ideas to replace well-worn tropes about the fixedness of intelligence.  That old idea is stuck firmly in the public psyche, even though the evidence for this outdated position is questionable in terms of theory and incorrect in terms of empirical data.

WHAT underlies my IQ score then?

What our research program at Maynooth University, Ireland, has found, is that there is indeed an underlying factor that determines our IQ score, but it is not something we are born with – it is a skill set that is in fact quite easy to teach and improve.  That skill set is known as Arbitrarily Applicable Relational Responding (AARR), which is a technical way of referring to a very particular type of logical reasoning that underlies all higher levels of day-to-day intellectual activity (reading, problem solving, language acquisition).  Dozens of published studies in the field of Relational Frame Theory have shown that this skill is easily improved, and others, mostly using SMART training, have shown that when we do this, large IQ gains follow.

Here is an example of the type of AARR training task that we might use in SMART training. This example uses what we call nonsense words and requires the user to solve a logical puzzle of a very particular type.

CUH is opposite to DEJ

ARU is the same as GEY

ARU is opposite to DEJ.

Are CUH and GEY the same?

It is NOT important for the user to know the answer at the outset (the answer is yes!). This is not a test.  It is training.  What is important is that across thousands of such examples (many easier than this example) we teach users the correct answers, and so they learn the very large pattern of possible ways in which such logical statements lead to logical conclusions involving relationships among words or things in the world.  We increase the speed and accuracy of users on such tasks in logical stages, from the lowest level upwards, using an algorithm that we have worked out across research studies. When we do this people get smarter.

It is time to change our view of Intelligence

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It is said that science is a self-correcting process. The data will always correct the theory and lead us forward in developing more effective ways to help people.  Now, old fashioned and outdated intelligence theory is moving further and further away from the empirical facts. The political reasons for holding on to those old ideas is hampering, rather than helping us in developing better interventions to improve IQ and raise the intellectual ability of the world’s entire population. It is time to move on and get with the data.  For more information and research references visit SMART brain training

Questions on how brain training works from RaiseYourIQ

Brain training questions on how to improve IQ, intelligence and memory along with free advice from our team of educational psychologists on cognitive training.

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Most popular questions

Is SMART Brain Training for Kids and Adults the same?

The brain training methods in both SMART Kids and SMART Adult are the same. However the SMART brain training course for children has backgrounds and animated characters that make it a lot more fun learning experience for children and big kids. Regardless of whether you want to raise your IQ for school,business or personal development, the SMART brain training course should take between 3 and 6 months to complete.

Brain Training : What Is A Relational Skill?

A relational skill is a skill involved in understanding the relationship between things in the world. Understanding the relationships between a set of cousins, or understanding that a particular group of plants are all of the same kind (e.g., flowers), or understanding that a Poodle is a type of dog but a dog is not a type of poodle, are all examples of basic relational skills. But of course, they get more complicated than this. The relational skills you need to understand high level mathematics or to read and speak well, are more advanced skills. SMART brain training teaches a range of basic but crucial relational skills and brings your relational skills to expert levels, so that all intellectual tasks come easier. SMART brain training makes you a faster and better learner. SMART helps new information make more sense, and helps you think more clearly.

What Does Brain Training Involve?

The SMART brain training course from RaiseYourIQ is divided into levels with blocks of questions. The course involves teaching the user how to answer blocks of logical questions, first with feedback – and then on their own without any help. There is 30 seconds to answer each question. During training blocks we tell you whether or not your answer is correct. During test blocks you need to answer all of the questions on your own. Once you pass a test, you move on to the next level. You progress like this through the levels, collecting points as you go. You even get bonus points for revising stages you have passed before, because the more you revise the smarter your brain will get. The course should take between three to six months to complete.

Why Is SMART “Brain Training” different?

SMART is not like any other form of brain training, and at RaiseYourIQ we use the term “brain skills training” , or a behavioural training course.<br> SMART Brain Training has been developed by education leaders and published psychologists following over ten years research in schools and university. SMART Brain Training does not work by merely improving working memory or teaching users how to perform well on IQ tests.  Instead, our SMART brain training course teaches the fundamental cognitive skills necessary to improve learning and reasoning in school,business and in everyday life.<br> SMART Brain Training enhances the entire intellectual skill set.<br> Some brain training “games” just focus on working memory, the SMART Brain Training course (we want our users to see this as an educational course with real world benefits) covers the 4 key areas of “Intellectual Performance”<br> (1). Verbal Comprehension – improve ability to listen to a question and draw upon learned information<br> (2). Perceptual Reasoning – improve ability to examine a problem, organize thoughts, create solutions, and then test them<br> (3). Processing Speed – increase attention to quickly scan, discriminate between and order visual information<br> (4). Working Memory – increase the ability to memorize new information, hold it in short-term memory and concentrate<br><br> Take a Free trial and Free Assessment to judge for yourself. 

What age group can benefit from SMART brain training?

At RaiseYourIQ we recommend that a person needs to have a mental age of at least 8 years of age to be able to engage fully with SMART brain training. There is no upper limit – older adults will benefit from the training, just as young people will. SMART brain training will help keep you at your peak mental performance, whatever your age or profession.

Is there a Brain Training Free Trial Option?

Yes. Our brain training free trial which includes a free assessment does not need any credit card details. Signing up could not be easier. Simply click on the “get started” button, fill in some details that we will ask you for, and that is it. Start raising your IQ today.

Can I use SMART brain training on my iPad?

Yes. SMART brain training site has been optimized to work on iPad and other portable computer devices. It also works across all browsers including Safari, Chrome, Explorer and Firefox. All the lessons and progress are stored on your account regardless of what device or app you are using to access RaiseYourIQ site.

Brain Fitness

To key to brain fitness is to schedule in a few times a week to complete the modules on the SMART brain training course. The fitter your brain becomes, the easier learning becomes. Brain training is all about having a fitter brain, it does take time and effort and over the course of the 12-16 weeks on average it takes to complete the SMART course users will see a marked improvement to how psychologists measure brain fitness namely, thinking ability, ability of the brain to focus better and improved memory skills. Think of brain fitness like a gym membership, you make best use of it when you make the time to exercise.

N Back Training

RaiseYourIQ offers n-back training for free as part of the SMART brain training course. N back is a brain performance task for memory and intelligence that is used as an assessment tool in cognitive neuroscience to measure working memory or fluid intelligence. The free RaiseYourIQ N-Back training is scientifically proven to improve the brains working memory and when combined with SMART brain training course can raise IQ levels by over 30 points.

Intellectual Skills

Intellectual skills training has to to with the brains reasoning, analytical, processing and problem-solving skills. Brain training is really intellectual skills training by another term as intellectual skills are what is needed to master tasks the brain performs. Psychologists define intellectual skills as behavioral capability to facilitate the performance of relevant tasks in a business,work or education setting. Intellectual skills training can be applied to most educational or business subjects or indeed psychological related activity to do with memory improvement and cognitive functions.

Brain and Cognitive Skills

Brain and cognitive skills exercises are at the core of the SMART brain training system. Based on over 10 years clinical research in universities and schools, SMART brain training consists of over 70 modules made up of several brain exercises with increasing difficulty levels that target all cognitive skills including verbal comprehension, reasoning, processing speed plus working and long term memory. Brain and cognitive abilities are the brain-based skills we all need to effectively carry out any task from the easiest to the most difficult. Brain training works by improving skill specific changes in the brain which then carry into bigger changes across many different types of skills training and learning ability.IQ tests and results demonstrate that as the brain becomes smarter at a skill, the brain no longer needs to work as hard at it. The brain now shifts to more automatic processing as that skill is learned.

Intellectual Development Help

Intellectual and cognitive development is not limited to children as adults brain functions also continue to grow throughout life stages. Intellectual development is all about our ability to process information,learn, think and understand various strands that surround our living world. Brain training works to improve our cognitive abilities and develop skills in logical reasoning, memory, maths, science, reading, writing and verbal comprehension. RaiseYourIQ has developed the “SMART” platform to help people improve IQ, expand their logic and reasoning abilities while matching thinking and planning abilities with actions.

Cognitive Training Exercises

Cognitive training exercises are a series of brain games, tasks and puzzles to be completed by the adult or kid user. Cognitive training (brain training by another name) works to increase fluid intelligence which can be defined as the the ability to solve “on the spot” problems that cannot be performed by relying on previously learned habits. Research has shown large improvement in the brains reasoning skills when people engaged in working memory training while people who consume trivia knowledge via games show no improvement in reasoning skills. Clinical data shows people who complete cognitive training will attain (a) high working memory, (b) high cognition skills while (c) addressing any cognitive deficits.

What is IQ?

IQ stands for “Intelligent Quotient” IQ relates to a score that a person or child scores from conducting a IQ test usually delivered by a qualified psychologists to assess level of intelligence. A persons IQ level should be used in conjunction with several intelligence scales and most modern psychologists consider IQ as a general indicator of intelligence. The most used standardised IQ test used today is known as the “WAIS”. This IQ test consists of seven verbal tests and seven brain performance tests. IQ is still used in schools, education and business – it can be used as a predictor for academic results and in a corporate setting as a predictor for job performance, usually through the guise of psychometric testing. Also you can read “How is IQ measured” elsewhere in our FAQ’s.

Brain fitness exercises

Brain fitness exercises are really intellectual skills development. Intellectual development like the “brain memory” game on RaiseYourIQ will enhance memory and cognitive skills. Designed by psychologists all the RaiseYourIQ brain training games work to improve the brains fitness levels leading to scientifically proven gains in thinking skills, information processing, fluid intelligence and reasoning skills. These intellectual development areas lead to an overall increase in IQ which can be used as a measure to see how fit or healthy the brain has become over a period of time. RaiseYourIQ includes a pre and post IQ assessment as well as ongoing intelligence assessment as the brain fitness routine progresses through the various learning stages in our intellectual brain training skills course.

Improve Concentration and Focus

Brain training exercises improve concentration, focus and memory. At RaiseYourIQ we see improving concentration as learning a skill which requires practice whether it is for school, business, work or help with ADHD. The RaiseYourIQ brain games which work to improve concentration, focus and memory are “Brain Speed” and “Brain Memory” , the user will see a big improvement in these cognitive areas after 4 to 8 weeks brain training. Over the training period the brain learns to ignore distractions, prioritize information and focus on detail plus a marked improvement in the brains attention skills which are needed to improve working memory. Upon completion of the brain training, the brain is more productive and tests will prove an improvement in IQ by 20-50 points.
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brain training does work

Brain training does work and the team behind RaiseYourIQ has the scientific evidence to prove it. Brain training can boost learning, cognitive development and improve IQ.

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Brain training does work despite the volume of uneducated articles you may read on so called lifestyle websites. Brain training is a science, not some developers creating some nice games with graphics. While some of fun, they have zero scientific evidence or research they work or are even beneficial.

So, here are RaiseYourIQ, we will continue our mission to provide published, scientific proof that brain train based on the science of Relational Frame Theory does work to increase a child’s or adults IQ. In fact, RaiseYourIQ is the ONLY brain training which has been created following years of scientific studies by the co-founders of the company, Dr. Bryan Roche and Dr. Sarah Cassidy. If anyone would like to know more about how brain training can better equip the ability to learn, then either Dr. Roche or Dr. Cassidy will be delighted to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to reach out to us directly via this site or any of our social media channels.

Brain Training Evidence

One such scientific paper that the co-founders of RaiseYourIQ produced along with other academic colleagues, published in the journal “Learning and Individual Differences” ,Brain Training Science shows that significant increases in overall intelligence, of 28 points on average, can be produced by undertaking online relational skills training or brain training as it’s commonly known. In fact, the research showed that significant improvements in overall educational aptitude can be achieved by the user in a few months of practising these relational skills.

We continue in our mission to provide scientific evidence that a Relational Frame Theory (RFT) approach to a person’s intellectual development holds the key to a functional approach to brain training. Our research into RFT has identified a series of basic building blocks of intellectual development, which center around the ability of someone to understand complex inter-relations among stimuli.

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A good example of these building blocks is that if we understand that if something is opposite to two other things, then those two things must be the same as each other. This calculation involves a relation skill. Another example to this is if one object is worth more than another, the second one is worth less than the first. The belief that these types of skills do not just underlie intelligence, but actualy constitute it, is core to RFT. We call this a modern behavioral approach, however it sits well with more mainstream cognitive assessment approaches.

Brain Training Research

The reality is that most people and children are relatively proficient in basic relational skills. However, many people are quite deficient in solving the more complex relational problems. To address this deficiency, we created our online brain training system and called it SMART training (Strengthening Mental Abilities with Relational Training). This system was developed by Relational Frame Theory researchers (psychologists to you and me) at Maynooth University in Ireland. Another piece of study by Dr. Cassidy et al. was 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). In fact, this second study provided new 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 SMART brain training or “intellectual skills training” to give its proper medical name.

We documented in previous research that a person’s IQ increase cannot be easily accounted for by practice at the IQ test, because the IQ test was administered only twice, with several month intervals 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.

It is important to note that the online relational skills training did not in any way teach the items on the DATs test. This was 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.

 

Brain Training Evidence

One of the more common criticisms of brain training programs is that while it can improve the cognitive skills needed to complete the training, any benefits will have no practical relevance to a person’s daily life. In one study, however, a sample of thirty 14 to 15-year-old kids were tracked across several months of online training. This was completed 2-3 times a week for approx. 30-45 minutes. The evidence proved that 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.

These numerical indices were then 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 learning ability, the current study suggests that SMART brain training can make a real and measurable difference to the education 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.

We are not suggesting that brain training games is the answer to improving everyone’s learning ability or to raise their IQ, however our scientific research goes a long way to proving that brain training does work.

Tips on how to improve your memory

9 tips on how to improve your memory and boost your intelligence

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How to improve your memory for both short- and long-term recall is not as difficult as it may appear. Yes, there are techniques to improve memory however it does take practice to maintain a higher level of memory recall. Clinical research has shown that memory is an essential component of cognitive functioning and that this too can be improved (Jaeggi et al., 2008). This research also show that our IQ score is no longer a number that limits us. Read on to get tips on how to improve your memory and raise your IQ.

Tips on How to Improve Your Memory 1. Practice and rehearse Start by really understanding the topic or piece of information you wish to remember, then once you have the basic understanding in place you will need to keep rehearsing the information to ensures it sticks. That old saying of practice makes perfect is very relevant when you are trying to remember new things. If you want to make information come to mind automatically, you need to rehearse it regularly. Then you will be able to recall it quickly when you need to, whether that be for school, business or at social events.

2. Pay attention and engage with information Psychologists Craik and Lockhart found that the more attention we pay to the meaning of what we see, hear and learn, then the better we will remember it. They proved that improving our memory is a function of how effortful and meaningful our initial encoding of the information was. The outcome is if we process information on a deeper level, we will be better able to recall that information. Psychologists and teachers tell us that understanding something aids our memory and it is harder to remember things if we merely rote learning without fully comprehending the information.

3. Visualize and use imagery We live in a visual world which means there are many ways that we can use the power of visual imagery as a memory aid. For example, try using a mind map, where we imagine a map of the information or a tree with the branches that stem out each holding an important and relevant fact or nugget of information. Another example is to imagine a cloakroom with each of the pegs holding a piece of information. Whatever method you prefer, the key point is that when we visualize the information as we study or learn it, we can recall it later much easier.

4. Try Drawing Drawing is a great way to help anyone with remembering new information, but especially for older adults. This has been backed up from research conducted at the University of Waterloo in Canada. They found that drawing out words and drawing the physical attributes of a word enhanced the memory of older adults with possible benefits for people suffering from dementia. Drawing is a memory encoding technique that works cross generational and kids find it fun and educational.

5. Start using acronyms Research has shown that our brains are better at retrieving things when we associate meaning to them. When we were in school, a teacher or parent likely taught us to use acronyms and my guess is that most of us still remember some version of these. Remember this one? to memorize the directions on the compass, we use the acronym NEWS (North, East, West, and South). Or this one? “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas” (Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto). Not only are acronyms fun and they really work. You can also use a similar technique if you are trying to remember names at a party or gathering (e.g., Black orange boots for Bob or Purple attire things for Pat. Go ahead and make up your own acronyms for anything you want to remember. The trick is to list the thing you want to memorize and arrange it in an order such that the first letter of each word spells a real word.

6. Pay attention to the beginnings and endings Research on how to improve your memory points to the fact that that we remember more at the beginning and end of learning sessions or lessons. Now none is suggesting you zone out in the middle of a lesson, lecture or training session. This is about being aware of our optimal memory times. So, listen up and pay closer attention to the introductions and conclusions when being presented with information. Always ask a teacher or the presenter to summarize the main points of the lesson or lecture again at the end.

7. Try brain training Some (not all) Brain Training to Raise IQ programs can help improve your memory and raise your IQ. It may surprise you that the brain is a muscle much like other muscles in your body. Your brain needs constant use and exercise to stay healthy. Think of brain training as a mental workout which helps challenge your mind so it can grow and expand. Research carried out by our own Dr. Bryan Roche found that people who engaged with 20- 30 minutes of brain training activities (using relation frame theory) for 5 days a week had improvements in learning, mathematical and verbal skills, educational aptitude, working memory, Performance IQ, verbal IQ, perceptual reasoning skills, visual processing skills, working memory and general intelligence. This was for users of all ages and intelligence levels.

8. Practice Meditation Researchers from The Department of Motor Sciences and Wellness, University of Naples “Parthenope”, Naples, Italy note that many studies show meditation improves brain function, reduces markers of brain degeneration, and improves both working memory and long-term memory. They showed that routine meditative practice is associated with a long-lasting change in the topology of definite brain areas, suggesting that meditation might be able to induce brain plasticity.

9. Read It Out Aloud You may remember from your school days, when your teacher asked you to stand up and read out aloud a story or poem. Well, a team at the University of Waterloo found that you’re more likely to remember written information if you read it out aloud. The consensus is that reading combined with hearing yourself reading can have a positive effect to improve your memory. Other studies also confirm that learning and memory benefit from active involvement. When a person adds an active element to a word (reading it out aloud), that word becomes more distinct in long-term memory, and so more memorable.

Improve Your Memory Summary These are just 9 ways to improve your memory, we are sure there are many more techniques for improving memory, all of which would be beneficial for a person’s brain health. Why not start today, whether you are a student, professional or a retiree. Because even adding one or two memory improvement activities to your daily routine can help keep your brain healthy and strong. To improve your memory not only protects the brain from memory loss but it will also boost learning and information recall. If you would like to dig deeper into The Science Behind Brain Training the science of brain training, then read here – Smart Brain Training

Brain Training Guide

Brain Training Starters Guide

A brain training guide on SMART brain training from RaiseYourIQ. All the questions and answers on brain training in general whether for a kid or adult plus information from RaiseYourIQ on how SMART can raise IQ by 20-30 points.

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Brain Training : What Is A Relational Skill?

A relational skill is a skill involved in understanding the relationship between things in the world. Understanding the relationships between a set of cousins, or understanding that a particular group of plants are all of the same kind (e.g., flowers), or understanding that a Poodle is a type of dog but a dog is not a type of poodle, are all examples of basic relational skills. But of course, they get more complicated than this. The relational skills you need to understand high level mathematics or to read and speak well, are more advanced skills. SMART brain training teaches a range of basic but crucial relational skills and brings your relational skills to expert levels, so that all intellectual tasks come easier. SMART brain training makes you a faster and better learner, it helps new information make more sense, and helps you think more clearly.

Why Is SMART “Brain Training” different?

SMART is not like any other form of brain training, and at RaiseYourIQ we use the term “brain skills training” , or a behavioural training course.
SMART Brain Training has been developed by education leaders and published psychologists following over ten years research in schools and university. SMART Brain Training does not work by merely improving working memory or teaching users how to perform well on IQ tests.  Instead, our SMART brain training course teaches the fundamental cognitive skills necessary to improve learning and reasoning in school,business and in everyday life.
SMART Brain Training enhances the entire intellectual skill set.
Some brain training “games” just focus on working memory, the SMART Brain Training course (we want our users to see 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

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What Does Brain Training Involve?

The SMART brain training course from RaiseYourIQ is divided into levels with blocks of questions. The course involves teaching the user how to answer blocks of logical questions, first with feedback – and then on their own without any help. There is 30 seconds to answer each question. During training blocks we tell you whether or not your answer is correct. During test blocks you need to answer all of the questions on your own. Once you pass a test, you move on to the next level. You progress like this through the levels, collecting points as you go. You even get bonus points for revising stages you have passed before, because the more you revise the smarter your brain will get. The course should take between three to six months to complete.

Is SMART Brain Training for Kids and Adults the same?

The brain training methods in both SMART Kids and SMART Adult are the same. However the SMART brain training course for children has backgrounds and animated characters that make it a lot more fun learning experience for children and big kids.Regardless of whether you want to raise your IQ for school,business or personal development, the SMART brain training course should take between 3 and 6 months to complete.

Can I use SMART brain training on my iPad?

Yes. SMART brain training site has been optimized to work on iPad and other portable computer devices. It also works across all browsers including Safari, Chrome, Explorer and Firefox. All the lessons and progress are stored on your account regardless of what device or app you are using to access RaiseYourIQ site.

Brain Fitness

To key to brain fitness is to schedule in a few times a week to complete the modules on the SMART brain training course. The fitter your brain becomes, the easier learning becomes. Brain training is all about having a fitter brain, it does take time and effort and over the course of the 12-16 weeks on average it takes to complete the SMART course users will see a marked improvement to how psychologists measure brain fitness namely, thinking ability, ability of the brain to focus better and improved memory skills. Think of brain fitness like a gym membership, you make best use of it when you make the time to exercise.

N Back Training

RaiseYourIQ offers n-back training for free as part of the SMART brain training course. N back is a brain performance task for memory and intelligence that is used as an assessment tool in cognitive neuroscience to measure working memory or fluid intelligence. The free RaiseYourIQ N-Back training is scientifically proven to improve the brains working memory and when combined with SMART brain training course can raise IQ levels by over 30 points.

Intellectual Skills

Intellectual skills training has to to with the brains reasoning, analytical, processing and problem-solving skills. Brain training is really intellectual skills training by another term as intellectual skills are what is needed to master tasks the brain performs. Psychologists define intellectual skills as behavioral capability to facilitate the performance of relevant tasks in a business,work or education setting. Intellectual skills training can be applied to most educational or business subjects or indeed psychological related activity to do with memory improvement and cognitive functions.

Brain and Cognitive Skills

Brain and cognitive skills exercises are at the core of the SMART brain training system. Based on over 10 years clinical research in universities and schools, SMART brain training consists of over 70 modules made up of several brain exercises with increasing difficulty levels that target all cognitive skills including verbal comprehension, reasoning, processing speed plus working and long term memory. Brain and cognitive abilities are the brain-based skills we all need to effectively carry out any task from the easiest to the most difficult. Brain training works by improving skill specific changes in the brain which then carry into bigger changes across many different types of skills training and learning ability.IQ tests and results demonstrate that as the brain becomes smarter at a skill, the brain no longer needs to work as hard at it. The brain now shifts to more automatic processing as that skill is learned.

Intellectual Development Help

Intellectual and cognitive development is not limited to children as adults brain functions also continue to grow throughout life stages. Intellectual development is all about our ability to process information,learn, think and understand various strands that surround our living world. Brain training works to improve our cognitive abilities and develop skills in logical reasoning, memory, maths, science, reading, writing and verbal comprehension. RaiseYourIQ has developed the “SMART” platform to help people improve IQ, expand their logic and reasoning abilities while matching thinking and planning abilities with actions.

Cognitive Training Exercises

Cognitive training exercises are a series of brain games, tasks and puzzles to be completed by the adult or kid user. Cognitive training (brain training by another name) works to increase fluid intelligence which can be defined as the the ability to solve “on the spot” problems that cannot be performed by relying on previously learned habits. Research has shown large improvement in the brains reasoning skills when people engaged in working memory training while people who consume trivia knowledge via games show no improvement in reasoning skills. Clinical data shows people who complete cognitive training will attain (a) high working memory, (b) high cognition skills while (c) addressing any cognitive deficits.

What is IQ?

IQ stands for “Intelligent Quotient” IQ relates to a score that a person or child scores from conducting a IQ test usually delivered by a qualified psychologists to assess level of intelligence. A persons IQ level should be used in conjunction with several intelligence scales and most modern psychologists consider IQ as a general indicator of intelligence. The most used standardised IQ test used today is known as the “WAIS”. This IQ test consists of seven verbal tests and seven brain performance tests. IQ is still used in schools, education and business – it can be used as a predictor for academic results and in a corporate setting as a predictor for job performance, usually through the guise of psychometric testing. Also you can read “How is IQ measured” elsewhere in our FAQ’s.

Brain fitness exercises

Brain fitness exercises are really intellectual skills development. Intellectual development like the “brain memory” game on RaiseYourIQ will enhance memory and cognitive skills. Designed by psychologists all the RaiseYourIQ brain training games work to improve the brains fitness levels leading to scientifically proven gains in thinking skills, information processing, fluid intelligence and reasoning skills. These intellectual development areas lead to an overall increase in IQ which can be used as a measure to see how fit or healthy the brain has become over a period of time. RaiseYourIQ includes a pre and post IQ assessment as well as ongoing intelligence assessment as the brain fitness routine progresses through the various learning stages in our intellectual brain training skills course.

Improve Concentration and Focus

Brain training exercises improve concentration, focus and memory. At RaiseYourIQ we see improving concentration as learning a skill which requires practice whether it is for school, business, work or help with ADHD. The RaiseYourIQ brain games which work to improve concentration, focus and memory are “Brain Speed” and “Brain Memory” , the user will see a big improvement in these cognitive areas after 4 to 8 weeks brain training. Over the training period the brain learns to ignore distractions, prioritize information and focus on detail plus a marked improvement in the brains attention skills which are needed to improve working memory. Upon completion of the brain training, the brain is more productive and tests will prove an improvement in IQ by 20-50 points.

Improve IQ Test Score

Improve IQ test score via a standardized IQ test is one of the measures to validate brain training success. Most people improve their IQ by 20-30 points but improvements by 50 points is a regular occurrence following the completion of the SMART brain training course. How to improve IQ takes practice and regular scheduled brain training sessions where the brain completes a series of ever increasing in complexity challenges which not only improves the brains fluid intelligence but also working memory, processing speed and problem solving skills. IQ test scores are still used in industry and business while most educational entrance exams would mirror IQ tests.

What age group can benefit from SMART brain training?

At RaiseYourIQ we recommend that a person needs to have a mental age of at least 8 years of age to be able to engage fully with SMART brain training. There is no upper limit – older adults will benefit from the training, just as young people will. SMART brain training will help keep you at your peak mental performance, whatever your age or profession.

Is there a Brain Training Free Trial Option?

Yes. Our brain training free trial which includes a free assessment does not need any credit card details. Signing up could not be easier. Simply click on the “get started” button, fill in some details that we will ask you for, and that is it. Start raising your IQ today.Brain Training Free Trial

Information Boosts Brain Health

Information boosts brain health as psychologists will testify that curiosity is good for the brain on a number of levels. Curiosity actually stimulates our intellectual functioning and benefits our brain health. Some experts in the field of psychology have also posited that a healthy dose of curiosity may be the key to leading a happier, more meaningful and fulfilled life.

The brain loves information and  scientists now know that our brain cannot malfunction due to “excessive curiosity”. Here are the reasons why.

1. Your brain is a work-horse.

The more you exercise it, the healthier and more efficient it will be. In fact, if you want to really train your brain and increase your intellectual ability, stoking your curiosity about the world is one of the best ways to achieve that.

2. Your brain is not a computer.

In the 70s, the cognitive branch of psychology was dominant and scientists saw all of human development in terms of a computer-based metaphor of a brain as information processor. The information processing approach (see Woolfolk, Hughes & Walkup, 2008) saw the mind as a machine that takes in information, performs operations to change its form and content, stores the information, retrieves it when needed, and generates responses to it. So learning, remembering and thinking involve gathering information, encoding, storage and retrieval. This is a useful analogy in many ways and it makes it easy for people to understand how information might be processed by the brain. The problem with it is that people then assume that the brain actually is a computer, with only as much memory storage or capacity as is available on the hard drive. If the hard drive doesn’t have enough capacity, then you need a new one that is bigger, better or faster.  This is a very limiting view of our brain’s capabilities and some have called it a form of “negative psychology”.

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3. We don’t know the limits of human learning.

We may never know them. Thankfully, many psychologists have eschewed the notion that our brain has limited storage capacity which is great news for the whole field of education as well as for the curious natured individual. A nice illustration of this can be seen in Psychologist Steve Hayes’ (1993) discussion of Lerner’s (1993) epigenetic approach to human development. Lerner argued that there may exist predetermined genetic limits to human development. But Hayes explained that because we know that stimulating environments can help to make us smarter, there are no limits to our intellectual development until they have been reached. These limits can only be reached through exhaustive attempts to create ever more exceptionally stimulating environments.

In Hayes’ (1993) words; “Lerner seems too quick to say how high pygmies can grow or how well a person with Down syndrome can do. There presumably are such limits, but we cannot know them when we have reached them”.

4. Scientists have learned a lot by being curious.

We used to think that persons with Down Syndrome would never present with measured IQ scores of more than 60, but now many persons with this genetic condition have received excellent intervention and high standards of teaching in enriched environments and are now capable of attending college. Thirty years ago the only outcome for persons presenting with Down Syndrome when, for example, their families could no longer care for them was to be institutionalised in a state care facility. Now many are living completely independently while others enjoy various levels of assisted or partially independent living and working environments. This only happened because the so called “limits” were pushed by psychologist that did not believe that curiosity can kill a cat.

In order to develop the range of powerful educational methods that have enriched the lives of those with Down syndrome, scientists themselves needed to be curious about what might happen if you continually enriched the educational environment of someone with a developmental difficulty. Isn’t this the way all great scientific breakthroughs occur? In the latter example, the curiosity of psychologists about the intellectual “limits” of someone with Down Syndrome actually improved people’s lives. Thankfully those psychologists had not believed the old feline cliché when they were young.

5. Neurogenesis.

Neurogenesis is the stimulation of brain growth. It is the process by which neurons are generated from neural stem cells and progenitor cells. Most of this neural activity happens during pre-natal development, but we also know that it continues to happen throughout the lifespan. It is now a well-established phenomenon and we often hear about it in the context of brain training software used for older adults who may be experiencing some level of cognitive decline or for anyone who simply wants to increase their IQ. Indeed there is much evidence supporting the efficacy of brain training interventions in studies examining its effects on stroke recovery and management of dementia in the elderly (e.g., Smith et al., 2009).  Some of the intellectual skills improved by such training are very important foundational skills like memory and attention that had perhaps been quite well developed at an earlier time in the person’s life (see also Ball et al. 2002). The important point here is that the stimulation of specific brain regions through brain training supports ongoing growth and development in areas of the brain which are important for intellectual pursuits.

6. Brain Training has been shown to improve intelligence.

In a groundbreaking 2011 study conducted at the University of Michigan, and widely reported in the media, Susan Jaeggi, John Jonides and colleagues reported improvements in one aspect of intelligence known as fluid intelligence that the researchers achieved for their research volunteers by having them engage regularly in a brain training task known as the n-back procedure. Another research study conducted in Ireland (Cassidy, Roche & Hayes, 2011) reported significant IQ rises as a result of an intensive computerized “relational skills” brain training program. These large IQ increases were maintained 4 years later without any further intervention (see Roche, Cassidy & Stewart, 2013). Both of these studies moved people’s intellectual ability well beyond its assumed limits- without any disastrous consequences for anyone!  (For more research in this area visit this brain training science). So it appears that there may indeed be no real limit to our ability to develop our minds. This kind of research pushes the boundaries of what many experimental psychologists and brain scientists thought were the limits of learning.

7. Curiosity can help us to lead more fulfilling lives.

Our brain is naturally curious and as I have argued, it cannot fill up because it is infinitely “malleable” or “plastic”, like play dough. Learning never stops, and we continue to learn and develop across the whole lifespan. One of the key ingredients to keeping that development on an upward trajectory is to nurture your native curiosity. The Psychologist Todd Kashdan wrote a whole book on the topic called The Curiosity Advantage, in which he presents the evidence that our brains are infinitely expandable, and that curious people lead more fulfilling lives. Kashdan is not talking merely about healthy cognitive development, but extols the virtues of curiosity for our mental health and our emotional well-being, too. And here is an important paradox he outlined. Too many of us have been sold on the idea that enjoying ourselves and being happy is the only, or most important, goal in life. But, instead of chasing happiness, Kashdan outlines the evidence that we should focus on trying to create a rich and meaningful life, guided by core values and interests. We can do this by chasing up the things that make us curious in every area of life.

According to Kashdan, “The greatest advantage of curiosity is that by spending time with the new, increased neurological connections are made possible. Facts and experiences are synthesised into a web, paving the way for greater intelligence and wisdom. We become more efficient when making future decisions. We become better at visualising the relativity of seemingly disparate ideas, paving the way for greater creativity.  It is the neurological equivalent of personal growth. New pathways in the brain are inevitable when you seek out new information and experiences and integrate them into the previously known.”  (p. 57).

8. Being curious increases our “flow”.

Kashdan’s ideas fit perfectly with what neuroscientists have been telling us about keeping our environments “stimulating”.  But Kashdan adds the important advice that by being fully engaged with life, we also derive more happiness from it – as a pleasant by-product. Positive psychologists call this state of total immersion in whatever fulfils you “flow”. The concept of flow was the brainchild of Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi, (1990) who used it to refer to a genuinely satisfying state of consciousness, which is the optimal human experience. You are in a state of “flow” when you are so deeply and effortlessly involved in what you are doing that you forget all else. Flow activities challenge you and engage you with all your senses and all your being. Flow activities are not necessarily enjoyable when you are doing them (e.g., competing in a swimming competition or staying up all night studying) because they really and truly push you to your limits, but the sense of accomplishment you gain from doing them is what leads to you feeling so happy and so positive about the experience in the aftermath.

So being curious is about being engaged with your environment in a deep and meaningful way. It is about chasing the things that interest and stimulate us. It is about doing these things to the best of our abilities. Being curious is not about being nosy or getting involved in other people’s business. Being curious is about increasing our quality of life in all domains. Being curious is a good thing. In fact, it is a great thing.

Doctor Sarah Cassidy

Dr. Sarah Cassidy is an educational psychologist, behaviour therapist and mother of three. She provides assessment/treatment for children with learning and emotional/behavioural difficulties in school systems and in private practice. She lectures in educational psychology, child development and early childhood education at National University of Ireland. She is a professional member of the American Psychological Association, the National Educational Psychological Service and founder /Chief Education Officer at RaiseYourIQ.

Increase Intelligence For Higher IQ?

People can and do increase intelligence to achieve a higher IQ. Let us start with what the word “intelligence” means. When the psychologists at RaiseYourIQ  talk about intelligence, they are about increasing a persons fluid intelligence, or a persons capicity to learn new information, retain it, then use that new knowledge as a foundation to solve the next problem, and learn the next new skill.

IQ or intelligence was once believed to be constant, fixed for life, today main stream science (do a Google search for “Relational Frame Theory”) has now accepted the ability for each of us to readily improve the fitness and power level in our brains.

Why increase my intelligence or IQ?.

A persons Intelligence is defined at the ability to learn, understand and make judgments or have opinions that are based on reason. Being intelligent means having the ability to acquire and use knowledge for solving problems and adapting to the world. IQ is simply the unit of measure for expressing the results of intelligence tests. Specifically, IQ is the ratio of a subject’s mental age (as determined by their performance on an intelligence scale) and chronological age.

There are many types of intelligence, but only standard IQ predicts your success at school and in work. In fact people with higher IQ scores complete more years in school and have higher status jobs. Recent research has also found that people with higher IQs are also happier and healthier. While you do not need to have a high IQ for its own sake, improving your intellectual ability will help you deal more effectively with school and work challenges, as well as make decisions and solve everyday problems more easily.

So to make the most of the intelligence we all have, improving our memory with a brain training tool will help this significantly, think of it like using the very best and latest parts to help a machine to perform at its peak.