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Raise my IQ

 
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Hi,
Just did an IQ test online... got me thinking - can we raise our IQs at this stage in life (nearing 30s ) or is it something that we are just born with and have to accept. My IQ was rated as 140 - thats about 1 in 100.
If I work with loads of math and lang problems at this stage in my life will it effectively bring up my IQ or is this something that needs to be cultivated in childhood (am i too late???!!!) or is it just something we are born with (like great hair in my case
Sorry if I am not making any sense..... at this genius level, its hard to express myself to the common public
 
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I think practicing at IQ tests can raise your score.
 
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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
I think practicing at IQ tests can raise your score.


Specially the one you are about to give.
 
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Well, I don't see why you would need to do so, I don't think that the IQ test is of "big" importance, I have got 148, the score needed to enter MENSA.. an org of ppl that think they are smart.. But I don't intend to get involved in it since I don't believe it has any importance (Hmm now that I am thinking of it, maybe u can write in ur CV that u r part of the "smart ppl")
Anyway, the only thing that I believe some companies (like Nokia) do have some IQ tests at Job interviews is just to check if you can keep awake in 45 mins, and could recognize some stupid patterns relatively quickly!
PS: Some MENSA groups do have forums that are quite interesting, so people tend to be active in different debates to prove that they are �smart�.
[ January 16, 2004: Message edited by: Tonny Tssagovic ]
 
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If you are nearing your 30's, just give it up. Parts are going to start wearing out and falling off. It really is hopeless.
 
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I wouldn't worry too much about IQ tests per se. But to some extent, the mind is a muscle that benefits from excercise. Even if it's just to limit atrophy rather than actually improve it. Challenging yourself regularly with things that make you think hard is not a bad idea. Best is if you get challenging job so you get paid for it at the same time.
 
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I suspect that with practice one can increase one's score at least slightly, if only because it is difficult to make up new questions. (Eventually many of them will start to look like questions for which you've already learned the solution.) But I don't know whether that will actually improve the thinking skill which I.Q. tests were designed to measure.
Assuming that intelligence can be improved, I think that unless a high-IQ person is a mathematician he'd be better off strengthening the other kinds of intelligence, like the ability to read people's emotions on their faces. (Anyone for poker?)
 
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Good point - the mind isn't a muscle so much as a whole set of different muscles, each of which can be excercised differently. Some of mine get a lot of excercise; others will be forever stunted.
 
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FS: Assuming that intelligence can be improved, I think that unless a high-IQ person is a mathematician he'd be better off strengthening the other kinds of intelligence, like the ability to read people's emotions on their faces.
Chernov faces?
 
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yeah, you could increase your score with practice. partly because it is a timed test and partly because its test specific things that you can work on improving.
 
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The score received in an IQ test measures exactly what it says: IQ. Not intelligence.
Ask 10, or even 100 psychologists what "intelligence" is or how to measure it (if indeed it can be measured in meaningful terms of one or a few numbers) and you are likely to receive almost as many different answers.
What an IQ test measures is the ability to take IQ tests. There is undoubtedly some correlation between general intellectual capabilities and IQ score, but not as much as the proponents of IQ tests would like to have you believe. I think a lot of people recognise this and that's why most of us don't seem to attach too much importance to them.
Like any intellectual exercise, familiarity and practice can yield improved scores on repeated tests. Does that mean you're more intelligent than last time you took the test? Hardly. It just means you're better prepared for the kind of questions asked.
I agree with what Jim and others said about keeping the brain stimulated. It definitely is a case of use it or lose it with a great deal of the non-essential stuff we load our brains with. I'm in my mid-thirties and am already alarmed at how much I've forgotten because I don't use it anymore.
Practice more if you want to improve your IQ score. It can be done. You won't be any more intelligent at the end of it, and 99.9% of other people won't care, but if it pleases you for your own amusement or personal satisfaction, that's as good a reason as any other
 
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Damian Ryan: What an IQ test measures is the ability to take IQ tests. There is undoubtedly some correlation between general intellectual capabilities and IQ score, but not as much as the proponents of IQ tests would like to have you believe. I think a lot of people recognise this and that's why most of us don't seem to attach too much importance to them.


That's what I keep trying to point out everytime people try to stop the execution of a henious murderer on the grounds that he has an I.Q. of only 65. (Especially when they fail to take the test's cultural bias into account.)
 
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