IQ Tests

IQ tests and the testing of intelligence levels was devised by French psychologists in the early 1900s to help describe differences in how well and quickly children learn at school. Defined loosely, intelligence refers to our ability to learn quickly and adapt to new situations. IQ tests measure vocabulary, ability to problem-solve, reason logically and so on. IQ scores were only interesting because it was thought that IQ was fixed for life.

The standard IQ tests used by clinical psychologists for diagnostic purposes, such as the Weschler scale, are designed in such a way that it is not easy to prepare for them. The contents are kept surprisingly secret and they are changed regularly. The score given for an individual is a relative one, adjusted based on the performance of people of the same age.

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But even as we become better educated and more skillful at the types of tasks measured on IQ tests (a phenomenon known as the “Flynn effect”, after James Fylnn who first noted it) our IQs stay pretty much the same. This is because the IQ scoring system takes into account the amount of improvement expected over time, and then discounts it. This type of score is called a “standardised score” – it hides your true score and merely represents your standing in relation to your peers who have also been getting smarter at about the same rate.

This apparent stability in IQ scores makes intelligence look relatively constant, whereas in fact we are all becoming more intelligent across and within our lifetimes. The IQ test and the IQ scoring system are constantly adjusted to ensure that the average IQ remains at 100, despite a well-noted increase in intellectual ability worldwide.

The idea that a kids or adults IQ is fixed for life is built into the questionable politics of IQ testing. The most serious consequence of this is the use of IQ tests to blame educational difficulties on students rather than on teaching systems. But it is the job of psychologists to find better ways to teach, not to find better ways to justify the poor performance of students. This particular use of IQ tests has caused one leader in the field of intelligence research, Robert Sternberg, to refer to IQ testing as “negative psychology” in a 2008 article.

IQ Can Be Improved

Those who still beleive that IQ is fixed for life have managed to ignore decades of published research in the field of applied behaviour analysis. This has reported very large IQ gains in children with autism who have been exposed to early intensive behavioural interventions once they have been diagnosed with learning difficulties. Another 2009 Norwegian study examined the effects of an increase in the duration of compulsory schooling in Norway in the 1960s which lengthened the time in education for Norwegians by two years. The researchers used records of cognitive ability taken by the military to calculate the IQ of each individual in the study. They found that IQ had increased by 3.7 points for every extra year of education received. More recent studies by John Jonides and his colleagues at the University of Michigan reported improvements in objective measures of intelligence for those who practised a brain-training task called the “n-back task” – a kind of computerised memory test.

As a co-founder of RaiseYourIQ and the SMART brain training course,  Doctor Bryan Roche has conduced his own research, in the field of relational frame theory, which has shown that understanding relations between words, such as “more than”, “less than” or “opposite” is crucial for our intellectual development. One recent pilot study showed that IQ scores can be raised by 20-30 points by training children in relational language skills tasks over a period of months. Again, this finding challenges the idea that intelligence is fixed for life.

Now is the time to dispell the idea that IQ as a trait that cannot be changed. Undoubtedly, there may be some limits to the development of our intellectual skills. But in the short term, the socially responsible thing to do is not to feel bound by those limits, but to help every child work towards and maximize their intellectual ability. Read more science into RaiseYourIQ.

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Every Kid Needs Access To Brain Training

Every kid needs access to brain training because schools are not equipped to help students reach their full intellectual potential. As much parents may like to believe it, schools are not perfect places in which to educate a child. While schools do their utmost within constraints to impart the knowledge and skills a child needs to function in the world as an adult, they simply cannot provide the one-to-one attention that a child needs to reach their full intellectual potential. Even if a parent is fortunate enough to afford private schooling of the highest standard, or private tutoring from leading scholars, this still cannot maximize intellectual development for a surprisingly simple reason: those experts don’t know what to teach to make that happen.

While an expensive tutoring company will boast about improvements in school grades, they achieve this only by “teaching to the examination”, whatever that may be; SATs, a University entrance exam, or whatever. In other words, intensive education usually focuses on knowledge content and some basic skills tested directly in examinations. None of this will enhance a child’s overall intellectual ability much. That approach simply does not provide practice at skills basic enough that learning itself becomes easier. And the reason that most education leaves the child knowing more, but not any smarter, is because until now educational psychologists and neuroscientists did not fully understand what skills precisely underlie “being smart”.

The Good News for Every Child Psychology research in a field known as Relational Frame Theory has identified what are known as “relational skills” as the building block skills that underlie intelligence. The good news is that relational skills can be taught to any child through a form of “brain training”, and dozens of published research studies have now shown this, and argue that this is the kind of training every child needs to really maximize their potential in school and in life.

Relational skills brain training teaches a range of crucial relational skills that help to sharpen intellectual ability. When these skills are improved, the research suggests, all intellectual tasks come easier. Relational skills training make you a faster and better learner. It helps new information make more sense, and helps you think more clearly.

Because the school system does not directly teach relational skills, a child can quickly fall behind as they rote learn what is required to do well in school, but without the intellectual skill foundation to make that information meaningful and easy to remember. As a result, they can fall further and further behind over the years, as the effects of their poorly developed basic intellectual skills increase with the increasing demands of education. However, the identification of relational skills as the basic building blocks of intelligence, offers the possibility of re-mediating these deficits in a very efficient way so that educational efforts will be more effective and so that even disadvantaged children can reach their educational potential.

What Does Relational Skills Training Involve and Where can I get it? Currently, relational skills brain training, which is a form of brain training, is only available online at http://www.raiseyouriq.com. It can be taken by children or adults, and simply requires completing a series of game-like tasks, for a few short sessions each week, for several weeks. The training involves teaching the user how to answer blocks of logical questions, first with feedback, and then on their own without any help. The user is taught by the software how to solve these short logical problems, and is gently guided through increasingly difficult tasks that become increasingly easy for the user to solve.

The method employed at RaiseYourIQ.com was developed by behavioral psychologists over a decade of laboratory research, and is called SMART (which stands for Strengthening Mental Abilities with Relational Training). SMART teaches the user how to learn and how to think more clearly and logically.

Published research shows that SMART training increases the IQ scores (i.e). the standard measure of our intelligence level) of users by at least 10, and up to around 30 points, which represents a highly significant increase in intellectual ability. It also appears that a high starting intelligence level does not reduce the effects of the training, with intelligent children, becoming even more intelligent. This is because there is no limit to how relationally skilled a user can become. SMART Brain Training For Kids allows infinite improvement because users are encouraged to regularly revise stages of training that they have already mastered, and this helps them become more accurate and faster in solving problems. Even after completion they can continue to train at their own convenience. Our child users typically attain at least a typical adult level of logical reasoning and ability following their training.

SMART brain training targets the foundational intellectual skills that underlie just about everything we do, but specifically the following activities rely heavily on relational skills.

• Using vocabulary
• Understanding word meaning
• Grasping basic and advanced logic
• Remembering information
• Using numbers for mathematics

You can learn more about relational skill brain training here, Brain Training Free where everyone is welcome to sign up for a free trial course.

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

 

Brain Training The Frequently Asked Questions

Brain Training The Frequently Asked Questions


Here are some frequently asked questions relating to brain training. The most important points are brain training is an educational skills course and unlike brain training games, a brain training course is designed to raise IQ levels for school, business or self improvement. RaiseYourIQ brain training has been developed our own psychologists and education leaders and is the only science based intervention skills training (brain training) online course.

 

Is brain training just for doing IQ tests?

No. Brain training is about giving you the skills to learn better whether for school,business or professionally. Nothing in the RaiseYourIQ brain training course looks anything like a question on an IQ test, and we focus on training our users in the relational skills they will need in order to think more intelligently. However, our users experience dramatic IQ rises after completing our SMART brain training course, because they are better able to understand and answer complex logical questions of any type whether for education,business or life learning.

 

How long does it take to complete the brain training course?

You should target to complete the brain training course in a three to six month time-frame depending on your schedule and progress. Think of our brain training program as you would any education or skills improvement course. The RaiseYourIQ SMART brain training course has been designed by our psychologists and educational team as an educational skills program. RaiseYourIQ platform includes IQ assessments,feedback and measuring your progress from start to finish.

SMART brain training teaches people how to learn.
We help our students to complete the course, improve their IQ levels and bring this new found brain health into their everyday lives; be it for work,school or self improvement. The first 15 stages are absolutely free with no credit card required plus it also includes the free assessment to check your current IQ level.
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SMART brain training for intellectual improvement

The SMART brain training course teaches core relational skills across modules that will improve the user’s skills in;- Using vocabulary
– Understanding word meaning
– Grasping basic and advanced logic
– Remembering information
– Using numbers for mathematics

 

Will I be learning maths or reading if I sign up for SMART?

No! SMART brain training is a problem solving course involving a series of games – the problems are short and logical. What SMART does is teach you how to learn and how to think clearly and logically. We don’t actually teach you any information about maths or anything else!. But SMART makes learning and understanding everything much easier.

 

Can my gifted child benefit from SMART?

Gifted children often present with as many difficulties as children with lower than average IQ’s because typical education systems are targeted at the average range individual. So while a gifted child may already have a very high level of intellectual skills, they may not be expert at organizing their knowledge, at sequencing information or at sustaining attention for long periods of time. Thus they may be able to provide accurate answers, but they may not always be able to provide these answers quickly and succinctly. SMART trains the user in a range of key intellectual skills to a very high level of precision and speed, thus making even a gifted child more fluent at responding to the challenges in their environment.

 

How can I contact RaiseYourIQ?

If you cannot find an answer to your brain training questions the quickest way to get a response is the form on the contact us page. Please note that we cannot answer questions regarding individual psychological conditions or learning profiles or offer any kind of psychological advice on line. Please consult your local psychological services if you need guidance on learning disabilities, require psychological assessments and to understand how RaiseYourIQ could benefit. Contact RaiseYourIQ

 

Why increase my intelligence or IQ?

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.

 

Why do you ask profile questions?

It is very important that we ask our customers to provide certain information that will help us to provide the best possible training service. Remember, the SMART Brain Training course is tailored to each user, so without your profile information we cannot deliver the most effective training for you, and we cannot improve our services and products for other users. You can alter your profile at any stage by choosing from the drop down menu under the Account link at the top of the RaiseYourIQ home page.

 

Is it really possible to increase intelligence?

We were once told that intelligence or IQ was fixed for life. However, years of research by doctors and psychologists has lead to the discovery of the importance of relational skills to intelligence and it took several more years to by scientists to figure out how best to teach these skills. Today we know that IQ can in fact be increased by quite a degree. There have also been considerable advances in neuroscience in recent years, that have led psychologists to conclude that the brain itself can be made “fitter” with training and can respond and adapt to improved learning opportunities. Even leading authorities, such as Professor Robert Sternberg, now agree that IQ can be raised.

 

 

Brain Training Questions – Frequently Asked Questions.