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  • How to keep gifted children challenged over summer break
    published in the journal American Psychologist various schooling factors can affect children s IQ scores one of which is the amount of time they take off during the summer With each passing month out of school IQ scores clearly decline and although the loss of IQ is minimal it can affect students academic performance in the fall This begs the question How can parents keep gifted children challenged and mentally engaged during the summer Here are a few ideas Let them lead the way Summer break is a good opportunity to let children delve deeply into some of their favorite subjects rather than splitting their focus between everything they re learning in school Ask them if there are any subjects they want to explore and see if you can find any summer camps or activities that they can get involved in Find fun day trips Brainstorm some educational activities you and your family can do during the summer to keep everyone mentally engaged Check out local museums historical attractions libraries and anywhere else you think could provide an interesting experience Visit one or two a week and end your trips with family discussions about what each person learned during the experience or what they d like to learn on a return visit Allow some free time Gifted children may have higher IQ scores than their peers but they re socially at the same age and maturity level as the other students in their class That said try not to over schedule your children during the summer months and allow them to have some free time Interacting with others their own age can help increase their social skills and potentially even their overall emotional intelligence RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced cognitive development Improve brain function

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  • The great debate: Birth order and IQ
    s IQ score though A 2011 paper published in the Oxford journal CESifo analyzed birth order research and found that while firstborns had higher IQ scores on average than their later born siblings just 3 percent of that was based on biological factors Instead what may cause the variation is the environmental differences that occur within the household as more siblings are born If you consider that firstborn children get 100 percent of their parents attention before other siblings are born that could have a major affect on their early development a time when the brain is growing rapidly Later born children won t get that same level of attention during early development because they ll be competing with their older sibling meaning they may not develop intellectual skills quite as quickly This aligns with other research including studies that look at how IQ is affected by adoption that claims that the environment and rearing have a much larger affect on IQ scores than biological factors Birth order and personality differences It s not just a person s IQ score that may be affected by birth order though There is also research that indicates birth order may affect a child s personality In general firstborns are thought to be more conscientious cautious and are natural leaders while their younger siblings are often considered more outgoing and laid back Despite the ample research accompanying birth order and its relationship with IQ scores and personality traits there is still debate surrounding just how strong a role biology plays in these factors Though the large study from Norway in 2007 convinced many that IQ and birth order are related it s difficult for researchers to nail down exactly why that might be RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced

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  • 3 daily habits of famous geniuses
    he fell asleep the key would drop to wake him up Additionally an amazing number of genius minds followed the polyphasic sleep schedule meaning they took 20 minute naps every four hours all day and night Polyphasic nappers included Leonardo da Vinci Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla among others Some current creative thinkers credit strange sleep habits with their successes as well Martha Stewart and Donald Trump both say they only get around four hours of sleep a night according to New York Daily News 2 Adhering to strict bedtimes On the other hand there were some geniuses who were averse to naps and instead maintained very strict sleep schedules going to bed and waking up at the same time each day and night Famous American writer Flannery O Connor adhered to a fairly early 9 p m bedtime and woke up each day at 6 a m Other strict sleepers include famous philosopher Immanuel Kant writer and poet Maya Angelou and political figure Benjamin Franklin 3 Walking There has been ample research linking physical activity with cognitive functioning so it comes as no surprise that some of the most brilliant thinkers in history took daily walks to boost their brain power Famous composers Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Ludwig van Beethoven both took long walks outdoors each afternoon after lunch and Beethoven even brought a pencil and paper with him in case the walk produced any new ideas Charles Dickens author of A Christmas Story and A Tale of Two Cities took three hour long walks in the afternoons according to the Harvard Business Review He was also known for pacing while working which made it necessary for him to dictate his stories to an assistant RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced cognitive development Improve

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  • Are intelligence and creativity connected?
    creative thinking and that low IQ scores have a similar relationship with low level creativity The threshold hypothesis was first studied by Ellis Paul Torrance who developed the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking to measure creativity based on traits like fluency originality abstract thinking and more Though the threshold hypothesis makes sense in theory many studies have found that both intelligence and creativity are too complex to be so easily related to each other A 2013 study published by the journal Intelligence for instance found that different types of creative thinking may be related to unique intelligence thresholds According to the research while an IQ score of 120 was necessary for having several original ideas IQ scores as low as 85 were related to some creative potential What s more personality traits like openness to new experiences played an important role in the relationship between high intelligence and creative achievement So while intelligence matters there are other factors involved A re intelligence and creativity related Though the intelligence threshold hypothesis is slightly simplistic it s clear that high intelligence and high creative achievement are linked in some ways However a person doesn t have to be a genius to think creatively or have a successful academic career A study published by Swedish journal DiVA looked at the relationship between creativity intelligence and academic achievement What they found People with high intelligence and low creativity had the same level of academic achievement as people with high creativity and low IQ scores This means that a person s IQ score may not be the only thing that determines their achievement in school or a career RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced cognitive development Improve brain function with the right foods More NEWS CATEGORIES IQ Test Information Kids

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  • Should your children know their IQ scores?
    that they may feel a lot of pressure to live up to In fact some parents go so far as to avoid using the word gifted around their intelligent children to protect them from the stress and anxiety that may come with a high IQ score The overemphasis on how brilliant they are often leaves them with a pressured existence trying to living sic up to their potential Sylvia Rimm author and child psychologist told ABC News But that s not the only fear about telling gifted children their intelligence Some parents also worry it will make them feel isolated or even that bragging about the results at school could put other students off Every child is different On the other hand there are tons of children who know their IQ score and are proud of themselves for it For some it s not about expectations so much as already having achieved a great accomplishment What s more learning about their giftedness could even potentially be a boost of confidence for children who already feel a little different than their peers and aren t sure why Recently an 11 year old boy named Owen Dunn was accepted into Mensa with an IQ score of 162 Owen says he was shocked but happy when he learned his score according to the Mirror Clearly every child will handle the news differently so there s no completely right answer when it comes to telling children their IQ scores If you have gifted children consider this Many psychologists recommend using less specific language such as above average intelligence or scored high rather than providing specifics This could provide enough information to increase confidence without adding the pressure of living up to high expectations RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced

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  • Mensa's newest member is an 11-year-old boy from the UK
    they saw his score from a Cognitive Abilities Test he d taken after joining the Ingleby Manor Free School in September of 2014 His score on the CAT was literally off the charts School administrators took him to Northumbria University in February where he took the Mensa exam among a group of older people many of whom commented on his young age And even though he scored so highly he didn t think he d done well at all I didn t think it had gone well I thought I had done awful Owen told the Gazette I was shocked but happy when I found out According to Owen the examination consisted of two tests One was a three minute long quick test that contained 20 questions while the other was two hours long In order to join Mensa the tests would have had to prove Owen s IQ score was at least 148 and his score of 162 was well beyond that minimum Owen s mother Clare Dunn is of course very proud of her son She says that while she always knew he was smart she had no idea his intelligence was so far beyond average I guess when you only have the one child you don t have anything to compare them to so we just thought it was the norm Dunn told the Gazette We are just so proud of him though It really is amazing what he has done Mensa has millions of members worldwide ranging from 2 to 102 years of age Owen joins the ranks of what the organization calls its young Mensans meaning any member who s under the age of 18 RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced cognitive development Improve brain function with the right foods

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  • Dietary habits that may affect IQ
    food One study in particular published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health linked a high junk food diet in younger children to a dip in IQ in later childhood According to the researchers from the University of Bristol children who ate a diet high in processed sugary and fatty foods at the age of 3 were found to have lower IQ scores at the age of 8 5 than their counterparts who ate relatively healthy foods According to the study healthy foods included salads fruits and vegetables rice and pasta The study found no difference in IQ when it came to the diets of older children including those around the ages of 4 and 7 though So while junk food may affect IQ it apparently mostly matters during early childhood when the brain is developing Eating omega 3 fatty acids Foods containing high levels of omega 3 fatty acids are known for being mental superfoods that can protect the brain from cognitive decline and dementia But some research has shown it can even affect IQ early in life A study published in a medical journal called The Lancet found that of 12 000 pregnant women those who ate little to no seafood one of the main sources of omega 3 acids during their pregnancy tended to have children who scored lower on IQ tests RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced cognitive development Improve brain function with the right foods More NEWS CATEGORIES IQ Test Information Kids IQ Test Information Personality Test Information Career Test Information Other Test Information Free IQ Test What s your IQ Find out with our fun PhD Certified interactive test Where will Your IQ Score Emerge on the Chart Below 80 90 below average 90 110 average intelligence 111

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  • Is an education revolution responsible for rising IQ scores?
    problems or reading stimulate the parts of the brain that we know are responsible for fluid intelligence David Baker lead author of the study said in a statement And these types of activities are done over and over in today s schools so that you would expect these students to have higher development than populations of people who had no access to schooling This is in direct contrast to the idea that programs like President George W Bush s education initiative No Child Left Behind have caused schools to lower their standards in order to teach to students of relatively lower intelligence In fact the study s researchers say that this idea that education has become less effective in recent years is so widespread that it s the reason scientists haven t tested the study s hypothesis before now Yet according to the study s findings education has actually been improving According to Baker This misperception has tended to lead cognitive scientists away from considering the impact of schooling and its spread over time as a main social environment in neurological development Three parts of the study The research from Penn State was performed in three parts In the first part of the study the researchers used neuroimaging to look at the effect on children s brains of solving specific styles of math problems They found that the complexity of math problems today activated areas of the brain connected with fluid intelligence The second part of the study researched adults from farming communities in Peru only some of whom had access to education the findings made it clear that access to education affected higher intelligence The third tier studied math textbooks between 1930 and 2000 with the conclusion that the books actually did contain more complex problems over time RELATED

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