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If you do it for a short time it's a short term effect. You need to keep up with doing consistent "brain exercise"... anything that involves problem solving. The harder the problems the more it'll work your brain. You need to start small and work your way up to more challenging problems. The brain is like any other muscle in the body, with the right amount of exercise it will get "stronger". Learning to program has really helped boost my problem solving skills by a huge degree, because it involves all sorts of math and logic, with the core of it being problem solving. Get a hobby that you enjoy and also involves problem solving. If you're into electronics then learn how to build circuits... whatever you choose to do it should be fun or you'll simply stop doing it and the muscle you call a brain will get weaker. I notice when ever I take a long break from programming I do get a bit dumber during that time.
I've read that doing puzzles can help stimulate and strengthen the mind, but is that just a short-term effect?
This is also a good point. It's not just about solving problems, it's also important to be learning new things and trying to understanding new concepts as often as possible. Becoming an expert at one thing will strengthen your mind in certain areas but learning a whole range of things will strengthen your mind in a range of different areas. Any hobby that involves lots of learning and problem solving is a good place to start. But I still try to learn about new things all the time, and many of those new ideas often challenge my old ideas, which is one of the best types of learning experiences.
don't spend too much time doing puzzles and things like that, instead spend that time learning about things that interest you..
Originally posted by Techy
It's something I've been thinking about for a while. When I was a kid, I could name every planet of the universe in order of distance from the Sun at the age of about six. My parents called me a genius. But I'm 15 now, and I realise; I'm not genius.
I've never done a proper IQ test, but I'd guess I have an IQ of maybe 120. I read fairly slowly, and I'm slow with arithmetic. And it scares me to think "what if I'll never be 'more intelligent?'" I've always wanted to be a quick thinker, observant, able to learn fast. I'm not, though. And I think most of these things are the traits that IQ represents.
And, so, I'm wondering if there is any way at all to permanently increase your IQ. I've read that doing puzzles can help stimulate and strengthen the mind, but is that just a short-term effect? I know that the Mozart Effect is only short-term. Is there any other way?