October 16th, 2012

Eric 1stDiv, Triumphant

Lifehacker Digest

Top 10 Ways to Make Yourself Look (and Be) Smarter

#1) Just Believe You Can Be Smarter:

The last step? Just believe you can be smarter. Studies have shown that this simple belief can actually make it true. That isn't to say you should be pompous: you need to assume you aren't that great yet, which will leave you open to learning new things and asking new questions—the exact sort of things that can make you smarter. But it'll never happen if you believe your intelligence is somehow fixed, so once that roadblock is gone, you may find you're much freer to pursue the level of intelligence you want. If you're having trouble doing that, it may be time to recalibrate your reality — attitude is everything!

Fixed intelligence?

Nine Stubborn Brain Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science

Myth #8) Your IQ Is Fixed and Stays the Same Throughout Your Life

Your IQ, or intelligence quotient, is a score that's supposed to quantify your level of intelligence. What defines intelligence is still up for debate, so a high IQ isn't necessarily an accurate measurement, but it has long been assumed that our scores don't change — we're stuck at the level of intelligence we were born with. As you may have guessed, that's not true. Business Insider points to a few studies that show changes in IQ after just a few weeks of effort.