5 Things to Do to Up Your IQ

By Julie Fink
Posted On Feb 02, 2016
5 Things to Do to Up Your IQ

Whether you are prepping for a test, a date or a MENSA Club membership, there is always a good time for a high IQ. Your Intelligence Quotient (IQ) is a measure of your mental agility or comprehension speed, but can you grow it like a muscle? Turns out the answer to that is YES!

In case you are wondering; the average IQ is around 100. Anything above 130 is considered ‘gifted’.

95% of the human population fall between 70 and 130
50% range between 90 and 110
Only 2% score genius level 131 and above

I did some research to find out what we can do to challenge our melons to an IQ duel and gain some points. Here are a few brain power activities:

  1. Play Chess
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Tobey Maguire plays Bobby Fischer in “Pawn Sacrifice” (2014)

Often known as the game for the intellectually gifted, chess is the best exercise on earth to pump up the most important organ in our bodies: the brain. Games like chess actually stimulate the growth of your brain’s neurotransmitters. Quite simply, your brain communicates better with itself when it’s faced with challenging activities and social interaction.

“Activities which involve a diverse range of skills plus social interaction, are excellent options if you’re aiming to enhance your IQ,” says MENSA’s consultant psychologist Maria Leitner.

“A study of 4,000 Venezuelan students produced significant rises in the IQ scores of both boys and girls after four months of chess instruction.”

Ever wonder why you feel brain dead after a day of sitting at your desk all day staring at the computer? You can redeem yourself by going home and playing some chess.

TRY: Joining your local chess club, Chess in the park, online chess with friends, or watch these three AH-MAZING chess movies… You’ll start playing after these: Pawn Sacrifice, Knights of the South Bronx, Life of A King, Searching for Bobby Fischer

  1. Listen to more Classical Music

Napoleon Hill, the author of Think & Grow Rich, states that music is the second most potent source of energy (we can all guess what the first one is, wink wink). Music is so powerful that his has the ability to shift your mentality in a matter of seconds.

Water exIn 1994, Dr. Masaru Emoto conducted an experiment using water and sound. He would play music to the water, freeze the water then observe the crystals. His results were astounding>>>

The Adolph Hitler and heavy metal music were distorted and in disharmony while the Love & Appreciation, Bach and Sound of Music were in perfect harmony.

Now that you can see what good vibes and bad vibes look like in water … take a moment to realize that your body is 70% made of water!

Music that calibrates on a higher frequency has proven to give you a good brain work out and also reduces blood pressure, causes the release of dopamine and even improves cell function (RNA & DNA).

TRY: Listening to classical music instead of Fetty Wap or Sia during your work out. Here is my own playlist that I use: it starts off with a 5 minute warm-up, gets  pretty intense in the middle and then a cool down –  runs 1 hour.

Classical Music Workout Medley Monster Jamz:

Superman Theme- John Williams 4:25 (warm up)
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 – Franz Liszt 9:19
O Fortunate – Carl Orff 5:21
The Thieving Magpie (Abridged) 5:57
Ride of the Valkyries – Wagner 5:00
(Intro) Sprach Zarathustra – Richard Strauss 2:38
William Tell Overture (Lone Ranger) 3:38
Summer – Vivaldi 11:09
Sleeping Beauty Waltz – Tchaikovsky 4:25
Cinematic Orchestra – Arrival of the Birds 7:43 (cool down)

  1. Read Poetry
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Dead Poets Society (1989)

For one, poetry teaches us to wrestle with and simplify complexity. Emily Dickinson, for example, masterfully simplified complex topics with poems like “Because I could not stop for Death,” and many poets are similarly adept.

Similar to chess, reading poetry challenges your cognitive function, therefore stimulating your brain in ways beyond our daily norms. Learning new words and using them also improves your speech and interpersonal communication skills.

TRY: Heading to the library and picking out a beginner Shakespeare book (this does not include vegging on the couch watching Leo and Claire in Romeo & Juliet!) Also, here is a link to the top poetry suggestions provided by the book club queen, Oprah.

  1. Do Practice Tests & Puzzles

Retaking IQ tests can actually raise your score by as many as two points. The ‘practice effect’ is a proven technique that arms you with the skills to comprehend the next test. Brain games, crossword puzzles and memory sequences help add a few IQ’s too. Men’s Health Magazine reported a study by Dr. Susanne Jäggi at the University of Michigan used Dual N-Back games, where the player is asked to remember a sequence of geometric shapes and sounds, to boost the memory factor. Her research discovered 25 minutes every day will raise your IQ by an impressive 4 points.

Fluid intelligence is a major part of every IQ test, and relates to your working memory.

TRY: MENSA Workout or Practice IQ tests

Give this a whirl… (Answers found below)
IQ questions

  1. Explore

Be active in your community and with the world around you. The more you are involved with other people, with other opinions, and other ideas, the more you will learn and grow. By challenging your preconceived notions, you will either strengthen your own beliefs, or adapt, grow, and adopt new beliefs based on new information. You will push yourself past limits that you’ve built up your whole life. It’s time to break down some barriers and in doing so, engage your brain in activities it didn’t know even existed.

TRY: The adventure tab on Meetup.com > archery, horseback riding, mountain biking, scuba diving, polka dancing, museum hopping, zip lining, medieval jousting! Etc.

There is no ‘limitless’ pill so let’s get intellectually moving people!

(Answers: A.1 B.4 C.5)