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  • Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

    04/22/2012 10:39:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2012 | DAN HURLEY
    Early on a drab afternoon in January, a dozen third graders from the working-class suburb of Chicago Heights, Ill., burst into the Mac Lab on the ground floor of Washington-McKinley School in a blur of blue pants, blue vests and white shirts. Minutes later, they were hunkered down in front of the Apple computers lining the room’s perimeter, hoping to do what was, until recently, considered impossible: increase their intelligence through training. “Can somebody raise their hand,” asked Kate Wulfson, the instructor, “and explain to me how you get points?” On each of the children’s monitors, there was a cartoon...
  • Memory Training Shown to Turn Up Brainpower

    04/30/2008 7:11:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 141+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 29, 2008 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    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...