FREE online test that measures your cognitive skills

The Gibson Institute of Cognitive Research is offering a FREE online test (30-40 minutes) that gives you an assessment of your cognitive skills (memory, attention, logic & reasoning, visual and auditory processing, processing speed). You don't even need to enter your real name! Here's the email I just got: ...more

Watching 3D boosts your cognitive skills

The next time your 13-year-old nephew tries to tell you that 3D makes you smart, don't roll your eyes; nod your head.A new study in London did a bunch of cognitive tests on people and then had them watch 3D movies. On the more than 100 people in the experiment, the average results were after the 3D movie were:1. 23% increase in cognitive processing2. 11% boost in reaction timesThis is AFTER the movie, not during. The boost last about 20 minutes after the movie ended....more

Is your 4-year-old's drawing ability linked to IQ?

The answer to the title's question is "Yes." And "No."The research study I ran across found that yes, there were two correlations with IQ, but they were small.How a 4-year-old drew a child had a .33 correlation to their IQ at age 4. How a 4-year-old drew a child had a .20 correlation to their IQ at age 14....more

New study: Fitter kids have different white matter in their brains

First, let me say that this new study doesn't prove that exercise raising IQ. But it does provide support to the idea that being fit makes kids smarter.Researchers at the Univrsity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign looked at the brains of 24 kids (ages 9 and 10). They discovered that the fitter kids had more white matter, which  likely indicates a better-connected brain.Still, the study isn't definitive proof that being fit makes you smarter. It could also be that obese kids have different brains - that it's the fat affecting the brain, not the fit....more

Creativity linked to more integration in the brain

A new study that's been published in "Creativity Research Journal" (did you know there was such a thing?) indicates that creativity may depend on just how linked your brain is.The scientists who did the study refer to this integration as "mind-brain development" and say that people who have more integration are alert, curious in learning and "disposed to see the whole picture." They also say they're unselfish, emotionally stable and "think in wide circles."...more

Do you trust people easily? You're probably quite smart.

I always thought of it more as intuition, but a new study out of the UK says that intelligent people are more likely to trust others. Maybe it's that intelligence helps you gather facts and draw conclusions from your evaluations. Either way, I'm happy to read this piece and plan to print it out to show my husband. He's always telling me I'm "too trusting" of everyone and that I need more "street smarts." (The only "street smarts" I acquired in Vermont was how to drive in snow.)Here's what I read:

The IQ alarm clock: No snooze button - you have to answer brain teasers!

Disclaimer: I'm not endorsing this alarm clock. I've never used it. I just think it sounds very cool (although, possibly quite annoying if the questions are too hard!).It's not exactly new. In fact, the article I ran across was from 2011. But it's new to me....more

Understanding why Einstein's brain is so amazing

Yes, I said "is" instead of "was" when referring to Einstein's brain. Why? It's still in existence. In fact, I believe it's in jars in several places right now - albeit in thin slices.Pop quiz:Einstein's (living) brain was:A. Larger than averageB. Lacked the parietal operculum (a specific small wrinkle)C. Enlarged inferior parietal lobesD. More connections between the brain's hemispheres ANSWER: B, C and DA. Einstein's brain was actually smaller than average, which obviously has nothing to do with IQ....more

Fun test to see if you're right-brained or left-brained -- neither of which exist anymore

So, just 24 hours after my friend posts this "Are You Left or Right Brain Predominant?' test with the spinning lady: see this headline on can see my quandry.First, let me say that I could see the spinning woman go in both directions (clockwise and counterclockwise), which I must admit was pretty darn cool....more

High IQ linked to ability to block out distractions

Do you fancy yourself a genius?If so, (assuming you're correct!), you're likely very good at blocking out distractions.A new study found that very intelligent people have a great filtering system when it comes to visual movement.The study found that people with high IQ could easily and quickly identify small bars going across a screen, but they were the slowest at identifying large bars going across the screen. It's the first non-verbal and culturally unbiased tool to measure intelligence.Here's the summary:...more