Brain Training Questions

No! SMART brain training involves learning to solve brief logical problems that are foundational to ALL intellectual acvtivity.  What SMART does is teach you how to learn and how to think clearly and logically by teaching the foundations of reasoning itself. We don’t actually teach you any information about maths or anything else!. But SMART makes learning and understanding everything much easier.

Brain training is about giving you the skills to learn better whether for school, business or professionally. Nothing in SMART training from RaiseYourIQ looks anything like a question on an IQ test, and we focus on training our users in the relational skills they will need in order to think more intelligently. However, our users experience very real IQ rises after completing our SMART brain training, because they are better able to understand and answer complex logical questions of any type whether in education, business or daily life.

Intelligence is defined at the ability to learn, understand and make judgments or have opinions that are based on reason. Being intelligent means having the ability to acquire and use knowledge for solving problems and adapting to the world. IQ is simply the unit of measure for expressing the results of intelligence tests. Specifically, IQ is the ratio of a subject’s mental age (as determined by their performance on an intelligence scale) and chronological age. There are many types of intelligence, but only standard IQ predicts your success at school and in work. In fact people with higher IQ scores complete more years in school and have higher status jobs. Recent research has also found that people with higher IQs are also happier and healthier. While you do not need to have a high IQ for its own sake, improving your intellectual ability will help you deal more effectively with school and work challenges, as well as make decisions and solve everyday problems more easily.

It was once thought that intelligence or IQ was fixed for life. However, years of research by doctors and psychologists has lead to the discovery of the importance of relational skills to intelligence and it took several more years for scientists to figure out how best to teach these skills. Today we know that IQ can in fact be increased by quite a degree. There have also been considerable advances in neuroscience in recent years, that have led psychologists to conclude that the brain itself can be made “fitter” with training and can respond and adapt to improved learning opportunities. Even leading authorities, such as Professor Robert Sternberg, now agree that IQ can be raised.

No psychological research has ever FOUND that intelligence is fixed for life.  Instead, tests for general and specific intellectual ability are developed in such a way that your score from one test take to another (say a year apart) will not change much.  The simplest way in which this is achieved, is by masking the gain in your improvement over time by NOT calculating your real raw score on the test, but instead calculating your score in terms of how it compares relatively to people of your age.  Because everyone of your age is improving intellectually at roughly the same rate, this way of scoring the IQ test creates the false impression that you are not getting any smarter.  Indeed, the whole population is getting smarter (an effect known as the Flynn effect), but tests are regularly revised to make sure that this effect is disguised.  The tests are designed in advance so that someone in the bottom 20 percent of the population, for example, will continue to score well below the average score as teh years go by.  As the population becomes smarter, the gap closes between the raw score of someone on the 20th percentile and the average score of someone on the 50th percentile (always defined as a score of 100). 

Newer revised tests serve the purpose of opening up the gap again to keep the low scorers scores down and away from the average score. This is intended to disguise the fact that the lowest scorers in the population are in fact doing much better than they were just a few years ago.  Read an article on this here entitled... You can improve IQ

Gifted children often present with as many difficulties as children with lower than average IQ's because typical education systems are targeted at the average range individual. So while a gifted child may already have a very high level of intellectual skills, they may not be expert at organizing their knowledge, at sequencing information or at sustaining attention for long periods of time. Thus they may be able to provide accurate answers, but they may not always be able to provide these answers quickly and succinctly. SMART trains the user in a range of key intellectual skills to a very high level of precision and speed, thus making even a gifted child more fluent at responding to the challenges in their environment.

It is very important that we ask our users to provide certain information that will help us to provide the best possible training service. Remember, SMART Brain Training is tailored to each user, so without your profile information we cannot select the best training difficulty level for you as defiualt or provide accurate IQ information following your assessments.  You can alter your profile at any stage under your account settings.

If you cannot find an answer to your brain training questions the quickest way to get a response is the form on the contact us page. Please note that we cannot answer questions regarding individual psychological conditions or learning profiles or offer any kind of psychological advice on line. Please consult your local psychological services if you need guidance on learning disabilities, require psychological assessments and to understand how RaiseYourIQ could benefit. Contact RaiseYourIQ

You should target to complete the classic brain training in a three to six month time-frame depending on your schedule and progress. Think of our brain training program as you would any education or skills improvement course. The RaiseYourIQ SMART brain training course has been designed by our psychologists as an educational skills program. The RaiseYourIQ platform will deliver IQ assessments, and monitor your progress from start to finish.  Research shows that even mid-way through teh training (8 weeks apporox) users will experience real levels of IQ gain.  This is why we now offer an additional IQ approximation assessment to users that they can take at any time before completing training.  

 

Our brain training exercises are designed to improve your ability to learn. They consist of logical problem solving tasks presented in a carefully worked out sequence.  We use made up "nonsense words" to teach you how to reason logically with greater accuracy and speed.  We teach those specific reasonin taks that have been shown to underlie just about every everyday intellectual activity.   Each task must be solved within 30 seconds and feedback is provided after every effort.  the system works by providing you with a avery large number of related logical problem solving skills of a type that we have established in our published research to impact intelligence.

Published research shows that brain training can help seniors and adults to maintain a healthy brain. Psychologists and neuroscience insights show that brain cell connections really do grow in response to stimulation and that stimulated brain areas are measurably better developed as a result. SMART brain training is also helping people with early Alzheimer's disease to retain cognitive functions. Scientists have documented that brain training of deeper level thinking carries over into untrained brain areas allowing seniors and adults to more effectively assimilate, manage and utilize information. This shows how tied together brain health and physical health are. People of all ages are finding that brain training provides benefits for a robust brain function and also preventing cognitive decline.

SMART works to enhance general cognitive cognitive abilities. What differentiates SMART brain training is our scientific research into the very specific tasks that it leads to improvements in general intellectual functioning. Research in the field of Relational Frame Theory (Hayes, Barnes-Holmes & Roche, 2001) has shown that understanding relations, such as more than, less than, opposite, same, before, after, here-there, amongst others, is crucial for intellectual development in just about every sphere. In fact, they are so crucial that researchers have reported in published scientific research papers that we can measure intelligence simply in terms of one’s ability to understand these relations (or what we call “relational ability”). RaiseYourIQ brain training is a skills focused course as it teaches a range of crucial relational skills and brings our relational skills to expert levels, so that all intellectual tasks come easier. SMART brain training gives people the ability to learn faster and better, it helps new information make more sense, and helps us think more clearly.

IQ is measured on a numerical scale from 1 to over 100. A persons IQ is scored following the completion of a standardized IQ test. An IQ score of under 70 is seen as someone with limited mental ability, whereas a score of 90-109 is taken as a person with normal intelligence levels. An IQ score of 110 or above is seen as above average intelligence and the higher the score would indicate a very gifted or genius person. Many psychologists believe IQ represents an oversimplification of a person's full cognitive ability.