8 Brain Exercises To Improve your IQ Score

Can we make ourselves any smarter? The answer to that particular question is still a puzzle, trying to be solved by scientists all over the world. The most common measure of how smart a person boils down to a simple calculation, known as the Intelligence Quotient or IQ. While there have been papers published stating how brain exercises could help people improve their IQ’s, there has also been researched papers published opposing the said notion.

A study published in 2008, led by Susanne Jaeggi, now a professor at The University of California at Irvine, conducted tests which reflected on how ‘fluid intelligence’ or the ability to solve novel problems works. The test sample was divided into two groups each, one training and one control group. The training group showed significant improvements in the reasoning ability test, where the control group lagged behind. This scientific study and a few others (Roche, Cassidy, et al. 2013), published evidence to the fact that the human brain could be trained to perform better in different situations or circumstances.

If you are to consider, the human brain and the Intelligence Quotient that it is associated with is a pretty much subjective term. The human brain performs well under better supervision and training. The IQ levels are not some measures of intelligence which will remain stagnant over the long run. These levels could be improved by training your brain to newer perspectives and a better environment. Nourishing the brain, just as you would with your body is essential to improve your IQ levels over time.

Note: If you want to take few test for IQ, Here are some:

Brain Exercices to improve your IQ

Your brain needs just as much attention as your physical body to keep your mind in shape and to improve it. Here are 8 of the best and easy brain exercises using which you can improve your IQ.

Meditation, Visualisation and Focused breathing

Meditation Art

We have recently seen at ShoutMeLoud, how meditation improves one’s lives for the better. We can take it a bit further and mention how meditation would also help you in improving your IQ scores. Meditation is all about focused breathing, but add in a factor of visualization and meditation will help you improve your IQ significantly. While you’re at it, try visualising a new possibility or an activity, activating all of your senses while doing so.

Let me go first, I’m now doing my daily bit of meditation, I’m focusing on my breathing. While doing so, I’m visualising a bright red apple. I take it in my hands, and now I’m feeling it. I bring it closer to me, I feel the essence of the pulpy apple. I go on and take a bite. All of my senses are now activated. I feel the apple, I feel the taste in my taste buds and I go on until a few bites before my attention breaks.

This is a simple visualisation exercise where all of your mind’s senses would be simultaneously stimulated. Meditation is not just a spiritual endeavour, it is much more than that. Meditation stimulates your cognitive brain and you can work on different muscles of your body by stimulating them through daily meditation. Visualising is a powerful tool which activates all the cortexes of the brain, allowing you to improve your IQ over time.

Improve memory using Dual n-back

Dual n-back

The Dual n-back is a scientifically proven method to improve one’s memory with practice. Memory makes up an important part of the measure of IQ and this is something which could be definitely improved by constantly working on training the brain. Dual n-back is a popular method, devised by Wayne Kirchner in 1958. This test is a method to assess memory as a part of cognitive neuroscience. What the Dual n-back does is that the entire concept is divided into two sections – audio and visual tasks.

“Fluid intelligence (Gf) refers to the ability to reason and to solve new problems independently of previously acquired knowledge. Gf is critical for a wide variety of cognitive tasks, and it is considered one of the most important factors in learning. Moreover, Gf is closely related to professional and educational success, especially in complex and demanding environments.”

Susanne M. Jaeggi, 2008
The game is basically a cross-zero type 3×3 square field. There will be flashing of boxes and users will have to match the current position with the one that was one or two steps ahead, depending on the ‘n’ in the Dual n-back. For Dual 1-back, users will have to match the present flashing block with the one which was one step ahead. This block flashing is also followed simultaneously by an audio signal of alphabets, which are to be similarly matched one step or two steps ahead. You can take Dual n-back tests online to improve your cognitive response.

Play Crossword Puzzles and Sudoku

Sudoku Puzzle

Crossword Puzzles and Sudoku are some of the great games that would significantly improve one’s IQ levels with a few minutes of game time each day. To add more value to this game time, try adding social interaction factor to your puzzle games, think of Scrabble. Playing such games online with friends would help you improve your IQ levels as you get interaction in addition to brain stimulation. Puzzles are a great way to improve one’s IQ levels, given how they stimulate the motor skills. An activity involving both hand and eye involvement simultaneously help users to focus better, improving the IQ in turn.

Sudoku is also a great game that brings into picture logic, numbers and their proper positioning to make sense of the big picture. Crossword and other puzzles help keep users’ brains stimulated. Although these games have not been tested to have a significant increase in IQ levels, they are a great way of keeping your mind in-tune and in developing logical thinking and cognitive skills.

Try recollecting recent tasks and activities

As we mentioned before, memory is one of the most important parts of the human mind and features significant importance when considering the IQ of a person. People often visit many places daily and most of the times these places are nothing but a replicating and repetitive ones, where we happen to travel on a daily basis. Our sub-conscious mind works during these monotonous, repetitive tasks and this causes people to reduce their awareness and other cognitive abilities. To revoke those abilities, try recreating the map of a place you’ve visited recently. Try recollecting as much information as possible and try to come up with your own map of a place that you’ve visited recently.

You can also try recollecting the list of the groceries that you were assigned to bring in recently. Try recollecting as many products as possible from the list and check the bills for your memory accuracy. Do this a few times in a month to improve your memory and recollection abilities, which impact human IQ to a great extent.

Replace Machines with Mind

Mental Math

Given the ease of access to all kinds of machinery to us, humans reliability on them has increased more than ever. Simpler math also requires calculators these days and this particular habit won’t help the cause of improving one’s IQ levels. Doing some or most of the math calculations in your mind will train you to improve your logical abilities and improve IQ. Even better, try to get these calculations done right in your mind, without the aid of a pen, pencil, computer or calculator. There is no better mind training than doing mental math in your head.

Instead of watching movies, try reading one engaging fiction per week or month, whichever is doable for you. Reading fiction instead of watching movies activates all of your senses and visual imagery while also improving your language skills. Relational skills make up a major part of one’s IQ levels and reading fiction significantly improves these skills, as it deals with stimulating thought, improving your vocabulary and helps you make connections between events and people.

Learn a new language

According to a study, having a rich vocabulary is a great way to protect oneself against cognitive impairment. Improving one’s vocabulary becomes easy when learning a new language. Learning a new language is one of the best ways to improve one’s intelligence acumen. Learning a new language slows down your brain ageing, a better addition to your CV and has proven to make better multitaskers than their compatriots who only spoke a language or two. Building your mental ‘muscle’ is also done by learning a new language as all the grammar rules and vocabulary are to be learnt in the process.

A study from the University of Chicago stated the relationship between people who are multi-lingual and decision-making skills. The study concluded that multi-lingual people tended to be better decision makers when it came to rational decision making. Learning a new language is definitely challenging in the beginnings, but persistence and perseverance will help you learn a new language in a shorter period than you would imagine.

Learn to play a Musical Instrument

Learn to play a musical instrument

Learning to play a new music instrument is somewhat similar to learning a new language, but is easier to get a hold of for most people. I love playing my piano, and although I still struggle with the coordinated playing of both hands. Spare some time daily to learn a few skills on your favourite music instrument and you’ll soon witness an improved cognitive ability. Learning a new musical instrument is a long-term and daily investment of your mental resources. According to Parenting Science, studies have shown that kids who begin learning a musical instrument from the age of 9-11 have more grey matter as compared to their peers.

Although learning a new musical instrument does not directly make musicians more intelligent, it is just they make connections which are alien to their compatriots. Relational skills are developed more in people who are exposed to music at an early age. Another study related Music directly to IQ, stating that kids who took up music at the age of around 6 years showed better IQ levels than those who didn’t!

Seek new experiences

Seek New Experiences

No matter how much people state intelligence as a factor of genetics and hereditary, most of it also depends on the environment. Nourishing your brain with a sustainable environment is essential for a healthy development of your brain. An enriched environment where active learning is promoted is crucial for the brain to show better signs of development. Learning new skills like juggling a ball, playing chess, playing a sport or anything for that matter which you haven’t done before significantly boosts your brain in the process.

Taking a long trip to somewhere entirely alien to you, learning a new language, etc are some of the examples of seeking new experiences that rewire the brain to process everything new. Learning new things out of your field will also help you develop the skills required to boost your IQ. Simple exercises like brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand, switching your regular place at the dining table are also some ridiculously simple way to seek new experiences and perspectives for your brain.

So, what do you make of these techniques to boost your IQ? Shout out your thoughts and comments on improving your IQ below.

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A Shouter whose articles got mentions from the likes of The New York Times, Kissmetrics and AllTopStories. He writes articles, novels and poems; spends most of his time reading everything he could get his hands on. Srikanth is currently pursuing his Masters from The University of Illinois and holds a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai. He is a programmer, a motivational writer and speaker.

18 thoughts on “8 Brain Exercises To Improve your IQ Score”

  1. Adesanmi Adedotun

    When it comes to boosting intelligent quotient, more have been said by many scientist but to my human understanding, tasking ones brain at times plays an important role in booting the way one reasons. Most of our indoor games help in these way, the best of these games that I love to play around with include Scrabble and Rubick cube, it is indeed as tasking game that needs you to reason very well.

  2. Hi SRIKANTH AN,
    Learn a new language is very Important Point.For Best IQ Language is very important.Crossword Puzzles and Sudoku also help in IQ improving.These Type of Games very Help us.
    Nice Topic and Sharing Keep up it.
    Have a nice week ahead.

  3. A brain exercise tip. Get a mini camcorder. Go outside and slowly walk around the block while the camcorder is recording. When you get back to your starting point go back into the house and review first what you remembered in as minute detail as possible. Write it all down in a notebook. Draw a map. Then review what you recorded to see what you did and didn’t recall. Do this for seven days. Then repeat the whole procedure walking the other way round. Then the next block over.
    In this way you use words, images, spatial memory, concepts, regular memory, imagination, ..etc. In short; your whole brain. To make it more challenging try to recall the last thing you viewed first and work forward to the first thing you recalled last. Be sure to record your experience with all your senses. Flowers, color shape, size, numbers, fragrant, what taste they remind you of, what sound they remind you of…etc. Good luck.

    1. Hi Lady,

      Even if you did not give your real name, the exercises you proposed are easy and fun to do. I will start with my 6 and 10 year olds for a while!!! Hats up to you

  4. Hi Srikanth

    Thanks for sharing the post. You showed some useful and impressive ways to increase our my IQ. Learning musical instruments was something I never had in my mind.It is the best way you showed me (relaxation as well as innovation).It would be more useful for me if you suggested me some ways for developing (Out of box thinking)

  5. Hey Srikanth, thanks for sharing such a interesting article…however reading this also feels a mind exercise…whenever we see a mind game…it takes courage to start it…but the ideas of breathing and mediation can really be helpful…anyways really great reading.

  6. Nice article for the Brain exercises & increase IQ. Thanks for this sharing. life hack topic in SML. such a great thing. we can also know the about some interesting topic.

  7. Sudoku and cross words have been shown not to have real mental benefits. At first maybe a few but the nature of the puzzles don’t change and the benefits are kinda non existent. Same as dual-n-back, it only improves your memory on dual-n-back, no studies have shown it to have benefits outside of that. Just wanted to add that.

  8. Hi Srikanth

    Thanks for sharing this article. It really helped me to increase my IQ and the capacity of my long and short term memory. What I found most helpful was doing that strategy of playing a new musical instrument and experiencing new experiences. All of you reading all these comments try to give a shout out to Srikanth for sharing this amazing article.Thank you, Srikanth. You know what this really helped because my IQ was 113 before and I just went to a doctor and they said my IQ is now 159.Really helped. Visit my youtube channel

  9. Thanks for pointing out that meditation can help to improve your IQ score over time. You also said that memory games can also help your long and short term memory. I think it’s a good idea to play daily games that are designed to strengthen your brain.

  10. Hi Shrikanth,
    These brain exercises are very good. Thanks for writing about brain exercise man. i was looking something like this.
    Thanks a lot

  11. Hii Srikanth,
    You are defining some important brain excersises like meditation, Sodeku, Focused breathing and to enjoy our life. You will real things
    thanks for sharing these bllogs

  12. So well written…… Really i always have a very poor IQ..but after reading your blog i really got inspired,and now will work on my IQ..

    Thanks you for Sharing,please write more blog related to this topic….:)

  13. Sudoku and cross words have been shown not to have real mental benefits. At first maybe a few but the nature of the puzzles don’t change and the benefits are kinda non existent. Same as dual-n-back, it only improves your memory on dual-n-back, no studies have shown it to have benefits outside of that. Just wanted to add that.

  14. well said Really I always have a very poor IQ..but after reading your blog I am really inspired, and now will work on my IQ.

    Thank you for Sharing, please write more blog related to this topic….:)

  15. Hi Srikanth, thanks for sharing such a nice article.
    all points are good. solve puzzles are best way in my point of view. Expend Your Imagination is also good way to increase IQ Level.

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