Many scientists have long believed that a person's IQ is determined by their genes and therefore not subject to change. But new research may prove that we can give our brains a workout that will actually improve our intelligence.
The study, which took place at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, found that memory tasks performed regularly can nudge your IQ up a few points -- and the uptick remains in place several months later. So just as you can exercise to condition your body to be healthy, you just might be able to exercise your brain to its optimum potential.
Keeping yourself mentally active can help improve your intelligence and protect you from cognitive decline. Do whatever interests you to challenge your brain: crossword puzzles, listening to classical music, learning a new language, taking adult education or college classes; the list goes on and on. The more you do, the more your knowledge, intelligence, and even your brain itself will grow.
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