Can you increase your IQ?
Your performance on an intelligence test - and thus your IQ - can be increased by training, for example by exercising IQ tests. However, there is a 'ceiling' for your performance. At some point you perform as good as you can and a higher score is not feasible.
Below you will find some quick tips that can help you increase your IQ. These tips are based on several scientific studies and have proven to be able to increase your IQ.
- For at least 10 minutes, listen to Mozart's Sonata for two pianos in D major. This will improve your spatial insight. However, this will only help if you already love classical music.
- Sports. Playing sports increases the oxygen level of your blood, making both your muscles and your brains more active. Especially if you are a little older, sports can increase your reaction speed and your IQ.
- Do not pressure yourself. Research has shown people perform worse if they are told that they are going to take an IQ test instead of being told they are going to solve some puzzles.
- Drink (with measure!). An alcoholic beverage will temporarily improve your verbal intelligence. Too many drinks will instead lower your verbal abilities: you will start to slur. The more coffee or tea you drink, the better your spatial insight.
- Play. A game with blocks, puzzles or cubes will improve your spatial insight, cross words will improve your verbal intelligence.