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Brain researchers for the first time claim to have found a method for improving the general problem-solving ability scientists call fluid intelligence, otherwise known as "smarts."
But in this case, subjects trained on a complex version of the so-called "n-back task" -- a difficult visual/auditory memory test -- improved their scores on a set of IQ questions drawn from a German intelligence measure called the Bochumer Matrizen-Test.
But after the group trained on the n-back task for 25 minutes a day for 19 days, they averaged 14.7 correct answers, an increase of more than 40 percent. (A control group that was not trained showed only a very slight performance increase.)
Have a friend read out the following list of letters.
A C M C Q P C X R X
When you hear a letter read out that was read out two letters ago (this is a two-back test), tap the desk. For example, if I read out A C M C, the second C is the same as the letter two letters ago, and I would tap the desk. Inside the MRI, subjects are given a buzzer to push.
You can also do a one-back test or even three-back test. Try these
One-back test – P R M M Y D D R P R
Three-back text – A B C M R C Q R
You could design your own n-back tests. A one-back test would be easier and a three-back test much harder
Originally posted by Scramjet76
Commercializing a "smartening software" is just another way for companies to rake in huge profits while creating further divisions in our society between those who can afford such things and those who can't.
[edit on 29-4-2008 by Scramjet76]
If the basic prinicples behind the software work, it can be replicated cheaply