Friday, May 16, 2008

Memory Training Shown to Turn Up Brainpower

I just found this article posted by my good friend Tom Dotz at NLP Comprehensive. I guess we aren’t stuck with the intelligence that we are born with.

I’m sure that the dissemination and availability of information over the ‘Net has something to do with discovering and enhancing our various learning abilities. But remember that the choice to use what’s available to us, as always, rest solely with the individual.

Here is an excerpt from the New York Times article:

Boost your brainpower through memory training.A new study has found that it may be possible to train people to be more intelligent, increasing the brainpower they had at birth.

Until now, it had been widely assumed that the kind of mental ability that allows us to solve new problems without having any relevant previous experience — what psychologists call fluid intelligence — is innate and cannot be taught (though people can raise their grades on tests of it by practicing).

But in the new study, researchers describe a method for improving this skill, along with experiments to prove it works.

The key, researchers found, was carefully structured training in working memory — the kind that allows memorization of a telephone number just long enough to dial it. This type of memory is closely related to fluid intelligence, according to background information in the article, and appears to rely on the same brain circuitry. So the researchers reasoned that improving it might lead to improvements in fluid intelligence.

Get the full story here.

For more on the NLP methodology, read Tom's blog, Connecting With NLP.

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