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  • How does multitasking impact IQ?
    of cognitive control which is an executive function of the brain in charge of performing feats such as switching between two tasks managing time and controlling working memory While cognitive control does not directly predict intelligence IQ tests do include sections devoted to memory After having students complete tests researchers discovered that high media multitaskers experience some disadvantages For instance they were more susceptible to interference from sources that were irrelevant to what they were doing i e switching between tabs on a Web browser just because they were there they were less able to filter information and performed worse on task switching assessments Overall researchers noted high media multitaskers did not have cognitive control that was as good as light media multitaskers When they re in situations where there are multiple sources of information coming from the external world or emerging out of memory high media multitaskers are not able to filter out what s not relevant to their current goal Anthony Wagner an associate professor of psychology at Stanford and a study author told Stanford News That failure to filter means they re slowed down by that irrelevant information Multitasking and intelligence The study did not indicate whether people who multitask often experience a change in IQ only that the practice interferes with cognitive control However the information is important Basically researchers concluded that those who do less at one time accomplish more Their focus helps them complete tasks well and quickly This can be a good takeaway for students and parents alike In the argument of watching TV while doing homework vs shutting off the media the latter wins 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

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  • Protecting IQ by decreasing screentime
    the more sleep the kids got the better their IQ scores Sleep and screentime How does this all relate back to digital media Unfortunately kids who sleep near a small screen may get less shuteye than children who don t According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics children who sleep near a small screen phones tablets etc received 20 6 fewer minutes of sleep a night and indicated feeling unrested in the morning Kids who slept in a room with a TV indicated getting 18 fewer minutes Additionally increased screentime actually using the devices decreased sleep time for kids Overall the study indicated that being near or using devices at night is linked with less adequate sleep That knowledge coupled with the results from the Sleep Medicine study indicated that many kids don t get as much sleep as they could and less sleep is associated with lower IQ scores Reducing screentime The AAP offers parents ways to limit their children s screentime For instance families can turn off the TV during meals or create screen free zones in the house Bedrooms home offices and kitchens are good examples of areas of the home that don t need a TV or video games Home offices will have computers but they can be used more for work than for fun Considering the overall evidence on screens and health it s recommended that parents keep screen media out of their child s bedroom limit total screen time and set a curfew for these devices Jennifer Falbe lead author of the AAP study and public health researcher at the University of California Berkeley told CNN Set realistic but firm rules For example you can make sure electronic devices are off at least one hour before bedtime

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  • The link between happiness and IQ
    private residence The survey discerned IQ by having participants take the National Adult Reading Test and happiness through a series of questions The results indicated that a link does exist between IQ and happiness More specifically those with a lower IQ between 70 99 are less happy than those with a high IQ 120 129 However certain variables decreased the impact of intelligence on happiness including income neurotic symptoms and health For instance those who have good health and a high income but have low IQ may be just as happy as those who are extremely smart Researchers noted that by improving those life conditions people of all intelligence levels tend to find greater joy in life Depression and IQ IQ can impact a person s level of happiness but the opposite is also true According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychology depression may decrease a person s cognitive ability The mental disorder is known to cause mood issues and lack of motivation but researchers also discovered that it impairs cognition In fact the study revealed that depression can decrease executive brain function and memory retention The two studies together indicate a serious cycle of intelligence and perceived happiness in which mental disorder can impair cognition and cognition can impair mood Both kids and adults who have mental disorders should seek treatment In fact one in eight men has depression and one in four women has it As such the illness is very prevalent However it s treatable Those who have been treated for depression report significant improvements in their moods and outlooks on life 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

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  • For higher intelligence, worry on
    to scores students received on IQ tests The results indicated that students who had generalized anxiety disorder GAD and depression were more likely to receive high scores on verbal intelligence tests On the other hand students who tended to dwell on negative past experiences had a lower non verbal intelligence than those who did not Researchers attempted to understand this phenomenon by noting that people with higher verbal IQ have the capacity to analyze their situations leading to an increase in worrying and rumination They can recall events in great detail which could lead to experiences of strong anxiety Those who scored high on non verbal IQ pick up more non verbal signals so they don t need to process events once they ve occurred to the degree others do For this reason they may worry less Reducing worry Although worrying is linked to higher verbal IQ scores people who have GAD don t need to endure these symptoms To mediate anxiety people can do the following Take deep breaths Try to look past the worry and realistically evaluate a situation Drink calming tea like chamomile Stay active Sitting around all day gives your mind a chance to ruminate Instead find a hobby join a club or hang out with friends to give your mind a break Acknowledge fears and accept them Make plans Surprise occurrences could stress you out Seek help from a professional who specializes in anxiety While many adults experience anxiety children and teens can have GAD too Encourage your children not to focus on the negative things in their lives and instead think of the good Analyzing the past may be a sign of intelligence but it can also cause high stress levels RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced cognitive development

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  • IQ may be linked to childhood diabetes
    produce any insulin meaning patients can t convert starches to sugar among other processes without the help of medication therapy Fortunately insulin hormone treatments help kids with Type 1 diabetes live normal healthy lives Diabetes and IQ Diabetes can affect the brain especially if the patient does not take proper care of his or her condition Kids minds are especially vulnerable as they are developing quickly To see the degree to which Type 1 diabetes impacts IQ researchers studied children who had early onset Type 1 diabetes and checked in on them 12 years later Both initially and after the 12 year period participants completed the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence Revised Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence and Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Revised tests The study revealed that over time children with Type 1 diabetes showed a decline in certain aspects of intelligence but not others Participants who had diabetes saw a reduced score on their verbal and full scale scores but not on performance IQ Children who did not have diabetes did not experience declines in intelligence Certain issues connected to diabetes increased risk of reducing IQ Those who regularly experienced hypoglycemic seizures had a greater risk of IQ decline than those who did not What s more the study also revealed that metabolic control or maintaining a healthy metabolism did not impact cognitive function Staying healthy Researchers noted that parents and teachers should monitor the academic performance of children with Type 1 diabetes Because these students have a high risk of a decreased IQ watching their school progress closely is important If necessary parents of kids with Type 1 diabetes should seek additional academic support such as tutoring RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced cognitive development Improve brain function with

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  • Who uses IQ scores?
    of it that certain scales were revised Although the U S military no longer uses common IQ tests it does have recruits take its own aptitude assessment the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery ASVAB This exam not only assesses intelligence but also how well a recruit is suited to various jobs in the military For instance the score may indicate that one person is more suited for infantry while another will excel by working in artillery which requires heavy use of math as soldiers have to calculate angles and degrees when aiming a large firearm Recruits who have a difficult time with math would not be suited to those kinds of calculations The ASVAB tests the following subject areas general science coding speed arithmetic reasoning numerical operations mathematics knowledge word knowledge paragraph comprehension auto and shop information mechanical comprehension and electronics information Researchers Many scientists study IQ and the forces that affect it For instance there s research on how chemical exposure can impact IQ or how diseases like Alzheimer s impact the brain The more scientists research the topic of intelligence the more they ll know how the mind can develop and what influences intelligence Do genes or upbringing affect IQ to greater degrees Can we improve our intelligence Is society getting smarter Studies have found answers to these and many more questions about the human mind Individuals You and your children can use your IQ scores in numerous ways You don t have to be in the military to apply your IQ to job searching Perhaps your scores show you re great with words you may want to seek a job related to writing or reading People who are critical thinkers and have great memory can go into a number of fields from math to forensics IQ scores

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  • Environmental toxins may decrease child IQ
    food lead polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs polybrominated diphenyl ethers PBDEs a common chemical flame retardant and bisphenol A BPA According to the video this is percentage of the U S child population exposed to these chemicals Mercury 89 percent OP pesticides 83 percent Lead 100 percent PCBs 100 percent PBDEs 100 percent BPA 96 percent Lanphear noted that exposure to these chemicals doesn t happen in isolation meaning that most kids have a bit of all of them running through their blood streams Impact on intellect Though most kids are exposed to toxins at low levels the chemicals can still cause harm In fact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that no level of lead exposure is safe What s more Lanphear s research revealed that the more exposure pregnant mothers had to the various chemicals the lower their child s IQ would be For example if a pregnant woman is exposed to 100 parts per billion of PBDEs her child s IQ will drop by 5 points Just 75 ppb of OP pesticides also decreases IQ by 5 points The greater the exposure the worse the damage Once exposure occurs the damage on intellect is permanent As such children who experience high amounts of toxins prenatally won t reach peak IQ development causing them to fall behind peers who had less exposure What s more toxins can impact intelligence on a larger scale causing a shift that puts more children on the challenged end of the IQ spectrum and fewer on the gifted end Lanphear urges that the way we regulate chemicals should change Companies should be required to prove the chemicals they use aren t harmful before they use them RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced cognitive development Improve brain function with

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  • Study links poverty to low IQ
    parents answered about their children who were between the ages of 2 and 16 The 2 year olds from wealthier families scored higher on tests than kids from poor backgrounds and the difference in intelligence only increased over time So not only does socioeconomic status initially create an IQ difference according to the study but it also compounds the score gap later in childhood Researchers noted that kids who are well off are exposed to more opportunities such as music lessons and a good education We ve known for some time that children from low socioeconomic status SES backgrounds perform on average worse on intelligence tests than children from higher SES backgrounds Dr Sophie von Stumm a researcher from Goldsmiths University of London who led the study said in a statement But the developmental relationship between intelligence and SES had not been previously shown Contradicting evidence The Goldsmiths University of London study seems to contradict other research Published in the journal Intelligence another study indicated that while socioeconomic status may have some impact on IQ the effect is minimal compared to the influence of genes In fact genetics are more important in determining a child s intelligence Researchers noted that the same genes that cause high IQ may also be associated with low socioeconomic status less intelligent parents don t make as much money so their family ends up with less opportunities In this situation kids inherit low IQ but also grow up in a poorer environment Both studies claim their results are accurate and make sense logically so the contradicting outcomes indicate that the jury is still out on socioeconomic status and its ties to IQ RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced cognitive development Improve brain function with the right foods More NEWS CATEGORIES

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