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Dr. Shane McLoughlin talks about SMART Training

  • 05-Jun-2020

RaiseYourIQ continues our policy of bringing science to brain training. In the following podcast you can listen to the People Soup interview with Dr. Shane McLoughlin, SMART researcher at John Moores University, Liverpool.  Shane explains, amongst other issues, the amazing impact of SMART training on human lives, which will be discussed more in part 2 of this interview.

Listen to part 1 on soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/peoplesoup/dr-shane-mcloughlin-part-1?fbclid=IwAR2oqsbVyx6Zn-bKZnAL8lzTcxd6aAmKqkJ1HFGUX23whFu65dDNkbSvXpE

Shane also co-authored a paper in the European Journal of Behavior Analysis titled “ Piloting a brief relational operant training program: analyses of response latencies and intelligence test performance”

ABSTRACT Previous research suggests that training relational operant responding using the SMART (Strengthening Mental Abilities with Relational Training) program over several months can result in improved performance on cognitive intelligence tests. This study aimed to investigate whether engaging in a 3-week relational training program would improve (i) scores and (ii) reaction times on a standardised intelligence test, and (iii) to pilot a new multiple exemplar training procedure targeting complex analogical operant responding (SMARTA; SMART for Analogy). We administered the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (KBIT-2) to eight adults across four time points. Control: Time 1–4: No intervention. Experimental: Time 1–2: No intervention. Time 2–3: SMART relational operant training. Time 3–4: SMARTA analogical relational operant training. Experimental participants demonstrated greater improvements in terms of both (i) response latencies and (ii) response fluencies on the Verbal Knowledge subscale of the KBIT-2.


The authors thank Dr Bryan Roche for allowing us access to his training software for this research. 

Note: The SMART brain training (Strengthening Mental Abilities with Relational Training) is the IP of RaiseYourIQ.

Also for parents considering brain training for kids, Shane also published research in PsyArXiv (PsyArXiv is a preprint repository for the psychological sciences and is hosted by the Center for Open Science.) Relational operant training increases Non-Verbal IQ in primary school children with far transfer towards reading test scores: An active-controlled trial.


This study is the largest controlled test of the efficacy of relational operant training to date, but researchers must attempt to conduct even larger scale studies in the future with a view to implementing the intervention on a much broader scale. In the present study, even with a low training dosage and a sample of young children aged from just 6 to 10 years, we yielded an  increase in NVIQ that is three times that of the most popular cognitive training intervention to date (cf. Au et al., 2015; though also Sala & Gobet, 2017b). Therefore, relational operant skills training is a strong candidate to be a viable intervention for accelerating children’s progress towards developmental milestones.

Acknowledgements: The authors wish to thank Dr. Bryan Roche for allowing us access to SMART software for this research study at no cost.

SMART brain training from RaiseYourIQ will continue our mission of bringing science based evidence to improving IQ and cognitive development.

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