One remarkable finding is that by training a single mental skill — working memory — mental improvements can be transferred automatically to a different function, fluid intelligence. Both of these mental skills have application to our daily lives.
This new discovery of the plasticity — or malleability — of IQ’s fluid intelligence offers us an opportunity to improve our ability to navigate life’s many challenges.
After all, having better skills in organizing and manipulating information has tremendous application beyond merely boosting test scores.
For example, augmenting working memory and fluid intelligence can enhance educational and professional achievement. It can also can be applied to other areas of our lives, including personal relationships, creative endeavors, and everyday decision making.
Proficient fluid intelligence abilities make people better equipped to adapt to the changes they face over time, which are essential to and unavoidable with aging.
Initial findings showing that exercising working memory boosts IQ have been replicated in senior citizens — so this is not just something young brains can do.
The best part is that you don’t have to spend all day training to gain the mental benefits from these games. Just 15 minutes of brain training each day may be all you need to build some useful brain muscle.
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