Last week I discussed findings that certain mental abilities can improve or decline with age. Is it possible that intelligence can change as well? For all of you who agree and want to be able to increase your intelligence, there is very promising evidence in the “Flynn Effect.” James Flynn recently found that I.Q. Scores have been increasing by three points per decade in many countries, indicating that intelligence can increase over just one generation or even in one’s lifetime given favorable environmental conditions. Improvements in working memory may be a large contributor to these improvements.
To test your working memory, try out the word recall and other tests on the Marbles web site: http://www.marblesthebrainstore.com/word-recall.html. Decide you want to improve? Try The Memory Doctor and other products in the Memory category.
For more information on the “Flynn Effect,” see: http://judson.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/10/guest-column-can-we-increase-our-intelligence/ And: http://www.indiana.edu/~intell/flynneffect.shtml
Now do you believe it’s possible to increase your intelligence?