Posted by: Doc NiRo | December 25, 2010

Intelligence Increasing !

Hello and Welcome !

Are you already smart enough to appreciate the value of becoming more intelligent? If yes, then let me give you some ideas.. I’ve personally tried all these methods, tools and I highly recommend all of them !

Dr. NiRo

Underwater Breath Holding

1. For accumulating 20 hours of held-breath underwater swimming within 3 weeks from start to finish– 10 or more points I.Q. gain; better span of attention; better span of awareness; better awareness of the inter-relatedness of things and of ideas and/or perceptions; finding yourself way better at winning arguments or disputes! (20 or so seconds to 3 minutes at a time underwater, stretching the time a little each dip but remaining well within the bounds of comfort and safety – be sure someone with you there is aware of what you are doing.

2. Independently conducted state university tests, running since 1989, demonstrate that with the second procedure, Image Streaming, per hour of easy entertaining practice one gains 8/10ths of a point “I.Q.” With 25 hours’ such practice, multiple points are gained, as are considerable classroom-related academic skills, a better balance of types of mental functioning according to the Kolb inventory, and even more striking in the more numinous but as yet unmeasured aspects of intelligence, creativity and experience. Where participants have participated to 50 hours, 40 points “I.Q.” gain appear and we have not yet found any point where the benefits might start tailing off.

http://www.winwenger.com/ebooks/guaran.htm

How about.. Personal Growth on Steroids!? – Here are some of the benefits:

Increase your threshold for stress…deal with the ups and down of life much more easily…protect yourself from serious physical and emotional problems caused by stress… Create whole-brain thinking…dramatically increase mental abilities, creativity, learning ability, focus and concentration… End anxiety, fear, anger, depression, sadness, self-sabotage, substance abuse, and overeating… Be happier, more peaceful, more compassionate, more at ease…

http://www.soundwavemeditation.com
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AMBIDEXTERITY EXERCISE
…..by Melvin D. Saunders

……Ambidexterity is the ability to use both your hands with equal ease or facility, but if you’re armless, it could be your feet! In fact, it is quite advantageous in certain sports and martial arts to be able to use both your feet with equal facility. The Greeks encouraged and tried to promote ambidexterity because it was simply logical in sports and battle to be adept with both hands instead of one. By combining the Phoenician style of writing right to left with their own left to right system, the Greeks created a reading and writing system called boustrophedon, where the lines ran alternately right-to-left and left-to-right. With alternating sweeps of the eyes back and forth, reading was more swift and efficient.

……Michelangelo (1475-1564) was a multi-faceted genius like Leonardo da Vinci. He often painted with both hands. When one got tired, he switched to the other. British artist, Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873) could draw with both hands simultaneously — a horse’s head with one hand and a stag’s head with the other. He taught drawing and etching to Queen Victoria who was a lefty that became ambidextrous.

……Fleming, Einstein and Tesla were all ambidextrous. Benjamin Franklin was also ambidextrous and signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution with his left hand. U.S. 20th president, James Garfield was a well educated backwoodsman born in a log cabin. Although he could write with either hand with equal ease, he could also write Greek with his left hand and Latin with his right hand simultaneously! Harry Kahne demonstrated his mental dexterity in 1922 by performing several mental operations simultaneously. While one hand was writing mirror language, the other hand intermingled upside down and backward letters.

……Rats given diverse and enriched environments have more connective dendritic spines to their neurons and overall heavier brains than rats exposed to dull, unchallenging environments. Left-handed and ambidextrous people have 11% larger corpus callosa (the bundle of nerve fibers joining the right and left sides of the brain) than right handed people. An autopsy of Einstein’s brain revealed a larger profusion of superficial capillaries interlacing the cerebral cortex than the average brain, as well as an additional amount of glial cells. Obviously the more we use and exercise our brain, the more it physically grows. The following exercises are designed to task the little used areas of the brain to allow such growth.

……To be able to use both hands equally well, practice is the key. During the day, use your left hand more (if you’re right-handed) by consciously switching when you’re about ready to do something — pouring a glass of milk, bouncing a ball, flipping and picking up coins, hammering a nail, cutting and buttering bread, stirring your coffee, swirling water in a glass, twisting off bottle caps, etc. Wherever you would use your one hand, use the other instead — putting a key in the door, combing your hair, brushing your teeth, shaving, grasping objects, etc. When putting on your clothes, put your other hand or foot into the garment first. Thread your belt around your waist in the opposite direction. Put your watch on your other hand. Use your other hand in sports — hitting a baseball or a tennis ball, throwing a football, shooting a basketball, etc. Practice stirring 2 cups of tea simultaneously, swirling 2 half filled glasses of water clockwise and counterclockwise, and bouncing two balls at the same time. Get used to the kinesthetic feeling of using the muscles of both your hands and arms together. Catch 2 balls thrown to you at the same time. Throw 2 paper wads at the same time into the same paper basket — one underhand and the other overhand. Throw 2 darts simultaneously at a dart board with both hands. Write with both hands at the same time. Draw a butterfly, a vase or a geometric figure using both hands simultaneously, but keep practicing these exercises.

……Many musical instruments are played ambidextrously, and many athletes are adept at using both of their hands. Since swimming is an ambidextrous activity, teaching dyslectic children to swim often helps them to read and write normally because it balances the brain hemispheres. Become ambidextrous and along with an added physiological brain growth, a more balanced integration of your 2 hemispheres will be achieved. Studies have shown that ambidextrous people are more emotionally independent, more determined, more adaptable to new situations and more apt to handle problems without giving up.

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A new study published in the journal Nature finds that learning to juggle may cause certain areas of your brain to grow.

Many people think of IQ as a genetic trait, like brown eyes or short legs: You’re born with it and you’re stuck with it. Now, a growing body of research is showing that a person’s IQ can rise—and even fall—over the years. ~ Sue Shellenbarger explains

Scores can change gradually or quickly, after as little as a few weeks of cognitive training, research shows. The increases are usually so incremental that they’re not immediately perceptible to individuals, and the intelligence-boosting effects of cognitive training can fade after a few months.

In the latest study, 33 British students were given IQ tests and brain scans at ages 12 to 16 and again about four years later by researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London; 9% of the students showed a significant change of 15 points or more in IQ scores.

On a scale where 90 to 110 is considered average, one student’s IQ rose 21 points to 128 from 107, lifting the student from the 68th percentile to the 97th compared with others the same age, says Cathy Price, professor of cognitive neuroscience at the center and co-author of the study, published last month in Nature. Another student’s score skidded out of the “high average” category, to 96 from 114.

“Changes in IQ scores may be reflected in actual shifts in brain structure.” ~ Dr. Price

New tasks stimulate the brain most. When researchers at the University of Hamburg subjected 24 non-jugglers into two groups and assigned one group to practice juggling for three months. The scientists performed brain scans on the volunteers using magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, before and after they learned to juggle.  They found an increase in the corresponding gray matter in the brain as early as seven days after the training began. The added gray matter receded when the training was stopped, although the participants were still able to juggle, says the study, published in 2008 in PLoS One.

The type of MRI scans the researchers used allowed them to focus on structural changes rather than changes in brain activity. Using a sophisticated analysis technique called voxel-based morphology, the researchers were then able to investigate changes in brain gray matter, the area of the brain that consists mostly of the cell bodies of neurons rather than the connective fibers.

The study found that volunteers who did not train to juggle showed no difference in their brain scans over the three-month period. However, those who now acquired the skill demonstrated an increase in gray matter in two areas of the brain involved in visual and motor activity, the mid-temporal area and the posterior intraparietal sulcus.

Scientists defined increases as a bigger volume and higher density of gray matter in those areas.

Music lessons are linked to higher IQ throughout life, according to research by E. Glenn Schellenberg, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Six years’ lessons lifted children’s IQ scores an average 7.5 points; those gains eroded to two points by college age, says a study published in 2006 in the Journal of Educational Psychology.

In a study this year, researchers at the University of Kansas found practicing musicians who are active for a decade or more continue to post higher IQs beyond age 60.

http://jugglinglab.sourceforge.net/

Fritz 13

( Brain Game: Chess )

Chess is thought by many to raise your IQ by at least 5 points. Did you know that every decade the average IQ increases 3 points? Well, not in everybody, I hope that ‘everybody’ won’t be you however.

Playing chess is one operation that fully exercises your mind. Chess is quite like a brain tonic which enhances concentration, patience, and perseverance, as well as develops creativity, intuition, memory, and most importantly, the ability to process and extract information from a set of general principles, learning to make tough decisions and solving problems flexibly. Most importantly it teaches one, a golden virtue — the virtue of Patience.

Things that are increased in Everyone through Chess:

Visual-spatial processing
Quantitative reasoning
Working memory
Fluid reasoning
Nonverbal IQ
Knowledge

Chess Software:
ChessMaster: http://chessmaster.us.ubi.com/xi/pcFeatures.php
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ritz13: http://www.chessbase-shop.com/en/products/fritz13_eng

Tetris_Lampe_Action2( Brain Game: Tetris )

Here’s a puzzle worthy of an IQ test: Why have scores on IQ tests risen by about 30 points since these assessments became widespread? People have lots of theories about the so-called Flynn Effect, but Julian Lyles Bass-Krueger, 14, of Clinton, NY, attributes it to the “increased cognitive complexity of our environment.”? A key culprit? Tetris.

Yes, this addictive game that has you rotating shapes to fit into a grid until you go mad may actually be making you smarter. Past studies have found that when people play Tetris initially, they use more glucose, suggesting that their brains are working hard. Over time, though, glucose usage returns to normal. In other words, the brain has to work less hard the more it practices. It becomes primed to solve related problems quickly. Bass-Krueger wanted to test how large this effect was. He had some of his several dozen subjects play Tetris for 15 minutes. Then he gave everyone a spatial reasoning test similar to those used in IQ assessments. The results were staggering: Tetris players scored more than 55% higher than the control group. “Even in 15 minutes it can still have an effect,”

(That doesn’t mean their overall IQ went up that much, of course; the spatial reasoning test is just a small fraction of an IQ test.) The idea that games can boost brain power “ as measured by IQ tests “ raises interesting questions. On the minus side, it suggests that some intelligence tests can be, well, gamed (“it depends how you define intelligence,”? Bass-Krueger says). On the positive side, such brain games could be used to boost brain function in people suffering from Alzheimer’s and other diseases.

Brain Exercise with Dr. Kawashima (c) NBGI / NBGE

Take control of your mind’s fitness with this entertaining and stimulating brain training game. Officially supervised by Dr. Kawashima, the mastermind behind the world famous game of the century. Brain Exercise is filled with both all time favorites and new inventions that will stimulate different parts of the brain to keep your mind awake and active. Training the brain is just as important as your regular nutrition and physical workout – just much easier and less time consuming!

– Officially supervised by Dr.Kawashima.
– Scientifically proven to stimulate the brain.
– Train each brain part (Frontal, Parietal, Temporal lobes) separately!
– 36 games shared among each brain part! Participate to the worldwide ranking online.
– Plug & Play! No install required.

Enjoy!

You may prefer the usual “Puzzles” and “quizzes” as a Brain work game. If so, I think this product might be Best for that.  The harder you use it, the more it grows.  If you do invest in yourself, then the Brain scans would show that you brain has more efficient glucose metabolism across the cerebral cortex as a result of your “exercising”.  A more usable brain is more important than a score.

Have fun raising the fitness of your brain to perform better at everyday tasks. Play a daily range of activities in the 10 minute “Daily Brain Training” and review your progress, or just play your choice of activities for the challenge.

Become smarter by “mind enhancing” activities, like spelling test, word search, color tiles, Domino, color matching, number sequence and more. Play Brain Trainer every day and check your statistics for your personal development.

Homepage: http://www.mindscape.co.uk/

IQ or Intelligence Quotient is a measure of intelligence according to some standardized tests. It is generally inherited, but childhood environment (nutrition etc.) plays a part too. Until now, no exercise was known to improve adult persons IQ.

In New Scientist article: “Simple brain exercise can boost IQ”:

“Can mental training improve your intelligence? No video game or mental puzzle has convincingly been shown to work. But now a group of neuropsychologists claims it has found a task that can add points to a person’s IQ – and the harder you train, they say, the more you gain.”  

The task used is called dual n-back. N-back is a memory test where n refers on how many previous stimuli must be remembered. Dual means that verbal auditory stimulus and spatial visual stimulus are presented at the same time. Two memory tests are ran simultaneously and n previous auditory and spatial targets must be remembered separately.

For example, in 2-back series, target sounds are marked red in the following sequence:

s-d-f-d-s-g-g-d-g-t-d-s-g-s

Kid Learning Rosetta Stone

Learning new Language(s) may not improve “IQ” directly, but knowing different languages may help your brain think in completely different ways. It will change the order and the sequence of the neurons that were firing off, the number and the shape of the axons and the dendrites in your cortex, therefore your Brain will be more heavier as result, with denser interconnections between neurons. (Rich experiences = Rich Brains)

“Rosetta Stone TOTALe may be the next best thing to living in a country” – The Wall Street Journal

I haven’t seen any “longitudinal study” about it but I am sure it WILL make you smarter. Rosetta Stone is really Great Software and I love it and use it and it’s so “easy” that I am learning 3 languages simultaneously. They even lowered they prices and are now offering more languages in their catalog.

“Through the study of other languages, students gain a knowledge and understanding of the cultures that use that language and, in fact, cannot truly master the language until they have also mastered the cultural contexts in which the language occurs.” – this occurs in Rosetta Stone more so than any class or other program on the market as Rosetta Stone is the only program that teaches you the language in context without translation and also uses stories to teach you more about the people and culture of the language you are learning – and they even do that without translation.

“Formerly, most teaching in foreign language classrooms concentrated on the how (grammar) to say what (vocabulary). While these components of language are indeed crucial, the current organizing principle for foreign language study is communication, which also highlights the why, the whom, and the when. So, while grammar and vocabulary are essential tools for communication, it is the acquisition of the ability to communicate in meaningful and appropriate ways with users of other languages that is the ultimate goal…”

Rosetta Stone accomplishes this more so than any other program and most classes as they teach grammar in context, as they provide native tutors with whom to learn from and other learners and natives of the target language with whom to practice communication skills with. The Grammar-translation method (GTM) was developed two decades ago with the purpose of learning how to read the literature of classical languages such as Greek and Latin – it was never designed with the intent to teach the learner how to communicate in the target language and it goes without saying that most students who learn using GTM will admit that they cannot participate in a conversation in a foreign language.

Some Random Feedback:

“I love Rosetta Stone’s German edition so MUCH! I learn more in a week with Rosetta Stone than I did in a year of high school German class! I really wish Rosetta Stone had been available in the late 80’s. ;-)”

“My children and I are currently using the French program. I’m almost done with the first level. French is not an easy language, but RS’s approach is nearly foolproof. [I especially like that I can adjust the level for how accurate the pronounciation needs to be.] I have taken language classes in the past and I have learned as much in 4 months with RS as I did in 2 semesters in a traditional classroom.”

“I picked up German. I am stunned at how fast im learning to speak a new language! I am a total fan of Rosetta Stone! i would recomend this to anyone! Wow, stunned and excited! Im getting a second one once im fluent in German!”

Too expensive? Try these FREE resources + find your language buddy too:

Wishing you Great Brain Health!

Love Always !

NiRo

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