You CAN Teach an Old Dog

Posted on November 29th, 2011, by iMinerva

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Good News!    The Wall Street Journal reports that it is actually possible to increase your IQ.

Research now shows that IQ scores can improve with as little as a few weeks of “cognitive training.”  MRIs provide proof beyond just the IQ test –  the brain’s gray matter is actually altered reflecting the change.  Trick is, you need to keep exercising the brain or the scores will drop again.
So what are some of the “exercises” to help build that gray matter? 

Music lessons seem to have a positive impact throughout life.  The WSJ reports on a study from the University of Kansas that found active musicians continue to post higher IQs beyond the age of 60.  They don’t report on the effect of “listening” to music but I’m sure my nights at the symphony are good for my brain as well as my attitude.  Wonder if I can declare my concert tix as a medical cost – much more effective than Zanax!

Other activities shown to positively impact mental acuity include:

  • Complex tasks or relationships requiring problem solving and engagement.
  • Learning new tasks or skills. 
  • Intense training to juggle triggered gray matter within seven days.So get busy with that crossword puzzle, or learn a new language, or take a dance class. 

 

The trick is obvious – a busy brain is a growing brain. 

Or as McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc once said, “When you’re green, you’re growing.  When you’re not, you rot.”  Well said Mr. Kroc.

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