Raising Your IQ There are three approaches to improving your IQ score or intelligence. One is to concentrate on raising your IQ score, another is to ensure your optimum mental functioning and the other is to concentrate on increasing your actual intelligence. Your IQ score is not your actual intelligence but is an estimate based on a particular test. All estimates are subject to error and are not a direct reflection of your actual intelligence. There is no measure of your actual intelligence. It is important to remember that although they closely related and IQ score is not the same thing as your actual intelligence. Can We Make Our Children Smarter? Your IQ score however is important in many situations. If the IQ score is used as a concrete, numerical measure to make decisions about you than the IQ score assumes great significance. Even though raising your IQ score may or may not raise your actual intelligence, a raised IQ score can be of significant advantage to you. o Taking practice IQ tests may raise your IQ score. The gold standard of IQ testing are the Wechsler scales. These come in three versions. The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence™ Fourth Edition (WPPSI IV) is for ages two years, six months to seven years, seven months. The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fourth Edition (WISC-IV) is for ages six years, zero months to 16 years 11 months. The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale- Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV) is for ages 16 years, zero months to 90 years, 11 months. All other IQ tests are compared to these tests. You cannot take the official IQ test on your own, but similar practice tests are available on the web for your practice. Practice IQ test More IQ Tests Online IQ Test Free Online IQ Test o The second approach is to improve your optimal brain and cognitive functioning by ensuring you are getting the right kind of sleep. When you sleep your brain is being cleared of clutter you have accumulated during your waking hours. Quantity of sleep (7-9 hours) is not enough. It is the amount of time you spend in deep sleep that counts and you can’t tell that from just looking at someone. A Sleep Study is needed to accurately evaluate whether you or your child’s sleep is disturbed. Even one night of poor sleep will degrade your processing and learning power.Like your computer, your processing speed and efficiency is degraded when your accumulate too much junk information. Click on the links below to find out more about sleep and your cognitive functioning. Types of Sleep Disorders Sleep Deprivation May Cause Brain Damage Sleep Deprivation Lowers IQ Kids are Smarter If They Sleep Longer Sleep Apnea in Kids Lowers IQ Too little sleep lowers IQ Lack of Sleep Lowers IQ The third approach is try and change actual brain functioning and neural circuitry. There are several approaches to this perspective. One is to improve sleep. Recent research has shown that it is possible to raise intelligence through a systematic set of exorcises that designed to stimulate enhanced neural connections. Click IQ Raising Program to learn more about getting this program.
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