SMART is not like any other form of brain training, and at RaiseYourIQ we use the term "brain skills training". Firstly SMART has been developed by education leaders and psychologists following over ten years research in schools and Universities. It is the only brain training system that has been proven to work in independent studies to increase a range of intellectual abilities using standardized objective psychometric tests. Indeed it is the onyl braining system with any publicably available peer-revieed scientific support at all!
Secondly, SMART Brain Training does not work by merely improving working memory or teaching users how to perform well on IQ tests. Other systems work by doing just this, or by providing users with practice at tasks that should at least in theory improved performance on similar tasks in daily life. If practice and intellectual tasks could seriously boost your general intellectual ability then everybody who spent more time in school are studied for longer hours would become more intelligent. But this is not the case which is precisely why for generations psychologists have believed that intelligence cannot be increased. However, once the basic building blocks of intellectual activity have been identified, focusing on improving those foundational skills will lead to very rapid intellectual development in a wide variety of areas at a speed that would not be possible through practice at various tasks alone.
So put simply, other brain training systems provide practice at the very skill that they are trying to improve. However, our many years of university based scientific research has helped to identify the fundamental skills that underlie these everyday tasks such as remembering, problem solving, vocabulary expansion, creativity and so on. We are unique because our system is the only one that trains these fundamental skills rather than the high-level skills that we might assume need practice for everyday functioning. For example, our system leads to improvements in vocabulary without teaching any vocabulary content. Our system leads to improvements in verbal and mathematical reasoning without involving the teaching of any verbal reasoning or mathematics. It is the targeting of scientifically proven foundations to intellectual development that makes our system unique and, not surprisingly, the only scientifically supported system ever developed for increasing general intellectual ability to degrees that make a difference.
SMART has been found in several publsihed studies to improve;
- Verbal Comprehension - improve ability to listen to a question and draw upon learned information
- Perceptual Reasoning - improve ability to examine a problem, organize thoughts, create solutions, and then test them
- Processing Speed - increase attention to quickly scan, discriminate between and order visual information
- Working Memory - increase the ability to memorize new information, hold it in short-term memory and concentrat
Read more about the science of SMART here.