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  • A man is sitting in front of his computer mindlessly scrolling down his Facebook news

  • feed.

  • He's been feeling a bit insecure since losing his job and getting dumped by his girlfriend,

  • so it's his good fortune on this particular dark day that he comes across one of those

  • bunkum posts that say, “If you can correctly answer these questions you have a genius-level

  • IQ.”

  • Lo and behold, like his friends before him, he scores 10 out of 10 and is rewarded with

  • the knowledge that he's a genius with an IQ of over 160.

  • He seems blissfully unaware that most 10-year olds could get those questions right.

  • Nonetheless, he's not too bright and so he shares his results, which is exactly what

  • the creators of the post wanted him to do.

  • Poor guy, if he had a higher IQ, he might be savvier to the manipulative guff that does

  • the rounds on social media.

  • Ok, so this guy knew the capital city of France and he understood that the chemical formula

  • for water is H2O.

  • He even knew that Earth was the third rock from the sun.

  • We hate to burst his bubble here, but that doesn't mean he has a high IQ, far from

  • it.

  • You can't base IQ on the ability to answer a handful of easy general knowledge questions.

  • There are even games ofspot of the differencesurfacing on Facebook these days, stating

  • that if you can spot the 10 differences you have an IQ of 180 or over.

  • Before we tell you how you can easily improve your own IQ, you need to know a few things

  • about what IQ actually means.

  • Its full name is intelligence quotient.

  • Such standardized tests have been around since the late 19th century, with their purpose

  • being to help judge a person's intelligence.

  • Sometimes the tests were given to see if a person's background, often a child, affects

  • their intelligence.

  • For example, does poverty affect IQ, or does bloodline make a difference?

  • During the First World War, the American Army gave new recruits such intelligence tests

  • so it could try and judge what a person could or couldn't do.

  • It still does that now.

  • Later, industry and education started using such tests.

  • There are lots of different IQ tests, but if you've ever taken one that has a vast

  • number of questions and gives you a headache, you'll know that to get a lot of questions

  • right you'll need to be good at a few things.

  • Those are usually arithmetic, abstract reasoning, logic, vocabulary, and spatial reasoning.

  • Other tests focus more on memory.

  • The average IQ is around 100.

  • If you score over 145, you are in the top 0.1 percentile.

  • If you get below 70 you are in the bottom 2.1 percentile.

  • We shouldn't have to say it, but if you can spot a missing cat paw on a sketch it

  • has no bearing whatsoever on your IQ.

  • In fact, if you fell for that test it would likely mean that your reasoning faculties

  • are not top-notch.

  • It's not easy scoring well past 100.

  • Singapore citizens have the highest average IQ in the world at 108.

  • China is 105.

  • Switzerland is the highest European nation at an average of 102.

  • Canada is the highest in the Americas at an average of 99.

  • The U.S. average is 98.

  • The UK average is 100.

  • Brazil is just 87.

  • India, 81.

  • South Africa, 77.

  • Don't fear if you did a test and were below average, because between 85 and 115 is considered

  • in the normal range.

  • There are different kinds of intelligence, too.

  • No doubt a gifted computer programmer would score high in a general IQ test, but someone

  • who'd grown up farming in a hill tribe in South East Asia would likely score low.

  • Ask that programmer to survive up in those hills and for all his intelligence, he'd

  • likely fail.

  • All the same, if that farmer had an IQ higher than his peers he might be faster than them

  • deducing tricky problems on the farm.

  • You might have an average IQ and still write a novel or a historical piece of nonfiction

  • that will be read for centuries to come because your insights were outstanding.

  • There are also plenty of people with genius-level IQs who struggle to get a job.

  • Still, a high IQ overall is an indicator of success.

  • Although social class is way more important when it comes to making it in life.

  • Success also often depends on the environment you grew up in.

  • You might only have an average intelligence but were schooled at Eton, where British political

  • leaders and other ruthless capitalists often cut their teeth.

  • You could have a high intelligence in Britain but were schooled at a place nicknamed the

  • Zooand grew up with selfish parents that at best acknowledged your existence when

  • feeding you your meager daily ration of baked beans on toast.

  • But if you had parents that instilled in you self-confidence, perseverance, self-awareness,

  • open-mindedness, creative thinking, critical thinking- well, that could work out well,

  • even if you are poor.

  • There are so many factors when it comes to success, including having lady luck on your

  • side, but in general, a high IQ is better than a low IQ when it comes to getting by

  • in the world of work.

  • But again, we must point out the environment you grew up in.

  • Poverty and trauma is a serious issue that should never be overlooked when considering

  • intelligence.

  • For centuries the wealthy folks in the world have looked down on the poor for their alleged

  • low intelligence, calling them names like white trash.

  • It's not as if those rich folks were born with big brains.

  • Their success was simply down to where they were born, in some cases at least.

  • Before we get to the teaching part of the video, let's look at some examples of high

  • IQs in the real world.

  • You have an American man named Richard Rosner.

  • His IQ is off the charts.

  • He's scored 190 on some tests.

  • He's had some strange jobs, too, at one time working as a nude model and another time

  • working as a bouncer.

  • Then there's the Greek man, Evangelos Katsioulis.

  • With an IQ of around 198, he's said to have one of the highest IQs in the entire world.

  • He currently works as a psychiatrist in Greece and is also the founder of the World Intelligence

  • Network.

  • The South Korean/Japanese man named Sho Yano started college at the young age of nine and

  • had a Ph.D. by the time he was 21.

  • His IQ is an astounding 200.

  • This former child genius now works in child neurology.

  • The Guinness Book of Records once had an American woman named Marilyn vos Savant as having the

  • highest IQ.

  • She once scored 228 on an IQ test, although some people have questioned the formula used

  • on that test.

  • Still, she's a genius, there's no doubt about that.

  • These people seemed to do well in life, giving strength to the theory that high IQ leads

  • to success.

  • But what about the American guy named Nathan Leopold?

  • He had an IQ of around 200, but he ended up in prison for committing murder.

  • He thought he was so darn clever that he could commit the crime of the century and get away

  • with it, but he was wrong.

  • At a young age, he was obsessed with German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's theory

  • of theSuperman”.

  • It seems a lot of people who take this route end up in dark places, including Mr. Hitler.

  • Perhaps humility is a sign of intelligence, too.

  • By the way, Nietzsche hated nationalism and he certainly was not an anti-Semite, but some

  • people don't have the intelligence to see that.

  • Ok, so some of you might already know you have a high IQ because you've taken the

  • tests or you were dubbed a child genius after getting your physics degree at age 12.

  • But, we are guessing that most of you watching this are average when it comes to IQ.

  • The question is, would it help you to have a higher IQ?

  • The answer to that depends on what you want in life and what you think a high IQ will

  • get you.

  • We had a look at a study that was undertaken to try and compare certain IQs with various

  • jobs.

  • That doesn't mean that all workers of one job will have an IQ close to other workers

  • in that job, but some occupations on average seem to be filled with higher or lower IQs.

  • Janitors, for instance, were at the lower end of the scale with an average IQ spanning

  • from about 75 to 110.

  • Auto mechanics ranged from 75 to 118.

  • High school teachers from 92 to 126, and at the top of the scale were college professors.

  • They scored on average from the high 90s to over 130.

  • Physicians scored ever higher, from 106 to over 130.

  • What this means of course is you can be an auto mechanic or a janitor with the same IQ

  • as a college professor, but in general, if you work as a professor or a doctor, your

  • IQ will likely be higher than that of a janitor.

  • From what we can see, a lot of the high-paying jobs employ people with higher IQs.

  • If you want a higher paying job, then, maybe improving your IQ couldn't hurt.

  • You'd think that just by taking lots and lots of tests, you'd be able to improve

  • your IQ score.

  • That's actually debatable.

  • It might work, it might not.

  • There's a saying that goes, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and

  • over again, but expecting different results.”

  • This maxim is often attributed to Albert Einstein, but he never said it.

  • The saying is kind of true, though.

  • If you want to improve at something it's better to explore different avenues as to

  • the problem you want to solve, in this case, your IQ score.

  • One thing that has seen positive results in doing just that is working on your memory.

  • According to studies we found, a better memory can help you to attain a higher standard of

  • something called, “fluid intelligence.”

  • You need good fluid intelligence to attain a high IQ score because it relates to solving

  • problems on your feet, meaning you don't have the key to the problem but you can figure

  • it out.

  • That's what a real IQ test will have in wait for you; lots of tricky problems you

  • haven't seen before.

  • During one study, participants all had to take tests relating to their fluid intelligence.

  • But, some people took the tests without any memory training and others had some memory

  • training.

  • By memory, we mean, working memory, which refers to the memory you use for temporary

  • tasks.

  • If we say the words, sheep, ghost, Steve Jobs, Ukraine, blue, incredible, and we tell you

  • to repeat that to us in 10 seconds, you're using your working memory.

  • In the tests in the study, each time someone was asked to remember something, there was

  • never any pattern.

  • Each test was different, making the person think on their feet.

  • There was no key to the puzzle.

  • Each time they had to adapt to a different test.

  • This in fact was training their brains, and as you know, being able to think on your feet

  • is good for IQ tests.

  • Once those people were good at solving the memory questions, they were asked to take

  • the fluid memory test, as were the people in the study that hadn't done the memory

  • tests.

  • What was the outcome?

  • The researchers said that those who'd taken the memory tests showed a striking difference

  • in how they fared with the fluid intelligence test.

  • Their conclusion was: “Our findings are of general significance

  • because they provide evidence for enhancement of fluid intelligence by cognitive training

  • different from training the test itself.”

  • By different, they mean you don't have to train at an IQ test to necessarily become

  • better at it.

  • You can just improve your working memory.

  • To do this yourself, just go online and find working memory tests.

  • There are tons of them.

  • The researchers said their work was remarkable because it has always been thought that fluid

  • intelligence wasn't something that could be improved.

  • It was previously thought to be innate, unchangeable, but it isn't.

  • We suggest you take an IQ test before you do this and see what score you get.

  • Then do the memory tests and do them until you see some improvement.

  • After that, take the IQ test again, or one that is similar, and then see what score you

  • get.

  • If the researchers are right, you might just see an improvement.

  • The brain's elastic, or what people often say, a muscle, so don't go thinking you

  • can't improve.

  • You can.

  • So, even though you might think you need to be going online and doing lots of IQ tests,

  • it's working memory improvement that will get you ahead.

  • If you've done IQ tests, you'll also know a lot of questions relate to spatial awareness.

  • That can be putting shapes in the right place.

  • Believe it or not, just by doing jigsaw puzzles you can improve upon this.

  • You can also play games where objects are put in a certain place, then removed, and

  • subsequently, the person has to tell someone to put the object back in the right place

  • with words.

  • Like the star of the Netflix series, “The Queen's Gambit”, you could also imagine

  • playing chess in your head.

  • This will train what's called, “Spatial Cognition.”

  • There are other games you can play that might help you to solve problems on an IQ test,

  • as long as they are problem-solving games.

  • Take Scrabble for instance, in that game you not only have to create the highest-scoring

  • words but you have to place a word in a sometimes-complex grid of letters.

  • You use something called your executive functions when you play games like Scrabble or similar

  • games.

  • These functions are what you need to solve challenges that are sometimes not anticipated.

  • Again, you have to think on your feet, and if you play such games, you can improve your

  • fluid intelligence.

  • Many games that ask you to think outside the box to attain a good score could help you

  • improve your IQ score.

  • When doing these tests, you can't rely on old habits, and you can't just be impulsive,

  • you need this ability to look at things from all angles.

  • We found another study relating to the improvement of fluid intelligence, called, “Multi-modal

  • fitness and cognitive training to enhance fluid intelligence.”

  • That's a bit of a mouthful.

  • In layman's terms, it means doing different stuff to train your brain to solve problems

  • you might not have seen before.

  • They took 424 healthy adults and split them up.

  • Some did just fitness training.

  • Others did fitness along with cognitive training.

  • Others did those two but with some added meditation.

  • The last group did nothing.

  • The long and short of this was the people that did the training were better at visuospatial

  • reasoning, which means moving objects around and knowing where things should go.

  • Those people then performed better on fluid intelligence tests.

  • So, like those study participants, you could do the same.

  • Try and keep fit; play some cognitive games online, and maybe even practice some mindfulness.

  • There's no solid proof that things like learning a second language or reading books