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Memory Training Shown to Turn Up Brainpower

By May 2, 2008 One Comment

Gee, If I’d spent all that time playing “Concentration” instad of “Solitaire”…

A new study has found that it may be possible to train people to be more intelligent, increasing the brainpower they had at birth.

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Until now, it had been widely assumed that the kind of mental ability that allows us to solve new problems without having any relevant previous

experience — what psychologists call fluid intelligence — is innate and cannot be taught (though people can raise their grades on tests of it by practicing).

But in the new study, researchers describe a method for improving this skill, along with experiments to prove it works.

The key, researchers found, was carefully structured training in working memory — the kind that allows memorization of a telephone number just long enough to dial it. This type of memory is closely related to fluid intelligence, according to background information in the article, and appears to rely on the same brain circuitry. So the researchers reasoned that improving it might lead to improvements in fluid intelligence.

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One Comment

  • Way Cool. Means that there is hope for me yet! I knew there was a reason I kept up my NLP skills.

    Tom Hoobyar and I also talked extensively during our practioner training on the possibility of improving IQ and some of the exercises that we’ve used.

    Good to see that the general community is adopting a more open mind to the limitless possibilities of the human brain.

    Larry P.