Brain and intelligence trivia
- Someone considered a good
mind-reader is actually smart. This was found in an Estonian
study. Even if you accept a skeptic's argument — that "mind
readers" are simply those bright enough to pick up on body
language and behavior — they still have to be bright to do this!
- Feeling rejected has an effect
on your IQ score. Ohio researchers claim IQ can plummet by 25
percent after being rejected. It's harder to think straight
- Certain smells may improve your
ability to pass exams. British research indicates students
revising for exams could use scent to improve their marks, but
also that smells associated with failure can worsen results. The
smell of rosemary is also said to enhance mental performance.
- In 1984 the political scientist
James Flynn reported that Americans had gained about 13.8 IQ
points in 46 years. If people taking an IQ test today were
scored in the same way as people 50 years ago then 90% of them
would be classified in the genius level.
- A message for action travels
from your brain to your muscles as fast as 250 miles per hour.
- Studies show that IQ is modestly
related to the speed at which you do some pretty simple things
such as comparing two lines to see which is longer.
- Wine drinkers on average have a
higher IQ than beer drinkers. Studies show a slight advantage to
wine drinkers — but do wine drinkers have higher IQs because
they drink wine or vice-versa ? It may be that some people with
high IQ reach a high social status and then choose to drink wine
to fit in.
- Modern neuro-imaging techniques
show that to some degree brain size is correlated to IQ.
- IQ has been shown to increase
with more schooling, better educated parents and better toys.
- A higher IQ employee will be
more productive than a lower IQ employee even after years on the
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