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Posted on 2012.10.16 at 00:00
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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.


Comments:


Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2012-10-16 15:47 (UTC) (Link)
#1) Just Believe You Can Be Smarter:

Many times people are daunted by the difficulty of an undertaking mistaking the amount of work and complexity involved for personal inability. It is not that they are unable; it is that some endeavors really do require more effort regardless of who you are.

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

I've been reading so much about the plasticity of the brain, that confirms this. If you exercise your brain, it dedicates more neurons to the task, makes new connections, etc. A person's abilities will increase, and it will be measurable.


I was surprised that "Alcohol kills brain cells" is a myth. Good to know! :D

Some studies do indicate that moderate alcohol intake is good for the circulatory system. Given that the brain uses 20-25% of the body's resources, we want to keep that circulatory system healthy. :)
ehowton
ehowton at 2012-10-16 18:46 (UTC) (Link)
If you exercise your brain, it dedicates more neurons to the task, makes new connections, etc.
My brain is full.

I was surprised that "Alcohol kills brain cells" is a myth.
My time in Europe isn't entirely convinced.
niala
alain_03 at 2012-10-16 18:32 (UTC) (Link)
this is such a booster!!:) :)
ehowton
ehowton at 2012-10-16 18:46 (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it just? Think of the possibilities!
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