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IQ, Intelligence and Brain Power

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Sep'16

Do IQ Tests Measure Intelligence? If So, What Is Intelligence?

If an IQ test is supposed to measure a person's intelligence, the question is: What is intelligence? Is it the ability to do well in school? Is it the ability to read well and spell correctly? Or are the following people intelligent? The physician who smokes three packets of cigarettes a day? The Nobel Prize winner whose marriage and personal life are in ruins?...

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11

Sep'16

Brain Foods to Help You Think Better

Most people would agree that our brains (and our souls) form the very essence of who we are. With brain function naturally declining with age and the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease increasing, any steps that can be taken to protect the brain from the ravages of ageing are important.

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26

Aug'16

Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Brain Function and Health

To achieve optimum performance, people need good quality sleep. Impaired sleep reduces performance on many mental tasks. Lack of sleep can cause health problems and have dramatic effects on quality of life.

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26

Aug'16

Fair or Unfair? Facial Cues Influence How Social Exclusion Is Judged

People are often excluded from social groups. As researchers from the University of Basel report in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, whether uninvolved observers find this acceptable or not may depend on the facial appearances of those excluded.

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23

Aug'16

The Role of Genetics in IQ and Intelligence

Your brain, your nervous system, your entire body is constructed according to instructions received from the genes that you have inherited from your parents. It would seem reasonable that superior genes would provide a child with superior intelligence capacity. And in fact, researchers have discovered that parents with high IQ’s tend to have children with high IQ’s, while parents with low IQ’s tend to have children with low IQ’s.

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27

May'16

The Fantastic Plastic Brain

It’s one of the most extraordinary discoveries of the 20th century. Named neuroplasticity, it’s the finding that the brain can change, new brain cells are constantly being born and die, new connections can form and that the internal structure of the existing synapses can change...

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12

May'16

Ageing and Your Brain: The Secret to Staying Sharp

Ageing may seem unavoidable, but that's not necessarily so when it comes to the brain. So say researchers in the April 27th issue of the Cell Press journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences based on counterintuitive evidence that it is what you do in old age that matters when it comes to maintaining a youthful brain rather than what you did earlier in life.

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30

Apr'16

Three Myths About the Brain

Brain Myth #1: You only use 10 percent of your brain. Brain Myth #2: A person's personality displays a right-brain or left-brain dominance. Brain Myth #3: Brain damage is always permanent. It is not certain how these falsehood began, but they have been strengthened over the past century by misinterpretations of neuroscience discoveries and unsubstantiated quotes by both scientists and laypeople alike.

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19

Nov'15

Simple Raisin Test Forecasts a Child’s Attention and Learning Capacity

A simple test using a raisin can predict how well a toddler will perform academically at age eight, according to research conducted at the University of Warwick. Using just the piece of dried fruit and a plastic cup they have devised a test based on how long a 20-month old child can wait to pick up a raisin in front of them.

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02

Oct'15

Food to Boost Brain Power

Did you know that even though your brain is the body’s command centre, it only accounts for about two percent of your total body weight? If you eat the right amount of calories to maintain your weight, about 20 percent of that energy is used to power up your grey matter.

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