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  • Study indicates breastfeeding may boost babies' IQs
    and breast milk or exclusively formula The results indicated that the more breast milk infants were fed the greater the intelligence advantages Kids who had any breast milk as an infant or had it along with formula gained 1 3 of an IQ point per month of breastfeeding more than kids who drank exclusively formula With that data a child who had some combination of the feeding options for their first year of life would have an estimated IQ 4 2 points greater than kids who had only formula for 12 months Breastfeeding has highest results Infants who drank only breast milk saw the highest increase in IQ scores They had 4 5 of a verbal IQ point for each month of only breastfeeding So in six months of only breastfeeding kids could potentially gain an extra 4 8 points of verbal IQ What s more the researchers noted that the advantage presented by breastfeeding didn t dissipate over time Kids who had the extra verbal IQ points remained further along than their peers throughout life I would take three or four IQ points any given day Michael Georgieff director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development at the University of Minnesota Medical School who was not involved in the study said in a statement It s a pretty significant shift especially demographically across the world if everyone were to make that gain The loose connection The connection between breastfeeding and IQ is a correlative one not a causal one Researchers aren t yet sure what about a mother s breast milk offers intelligence benefits or why formula doesn t produce the same effects In fact scientists still have a lot of studying to do before they fully understand the human breast milk matrix RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids

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  • Genes more important than socioeconomic status in determining IQ
    A family from a privileged background can afford to offer their children access to books programs and schools thought to give kids the best chance at success down the road Families from a disadvantaged background cannot offer such options to their children For this reason people thought IQ scores could be linked to socioeconomic status To determine whether this is the case researchers used a method called Genome wide Complex Trait Analysis GCTA allows scientists to see patterns in genes that ultimately lead them to conclusions Basically researchers learned that while IQ and status are related it s not a causal condition genes associated with childhood IQ are likely also associated with family socioeconomic status The difference in semantics is slight but the implication is impactful Conclusions Researchers discovered that by age 7 94 percent of the correlation between family SES and children s IQ is mediated genetically according to the study By age 12 56 percent of the correlation was moderated by genes Scientists know that the environmental factors most people consider influential on personality or IQ such as parenting style don t impact intelligence Rather most researchers in the field of genetics environment and IQ agree that some mystery environmental factor exists However this nonshared environment isn t well defined and researchers are still trying to understand it For now the study recommends that policymakers think of genes when discussing socioeconomic status and IQ What it means for parenting Although genetics set a pretty clear course for children s intellect parenting styles and decisions aren t superfluous Reading to young kids can aid in making familial attachments and create a comfortable and safe environment RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced cognitive development Improve brain function with the right foods More NEWS CATEGORIES IQ

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  • Kid geniuses in the movies
    T type school at age 14 and proceeds to build a giant inflatable robot The film s not only filled with unique scientific inventions but also many young science geeks and tech geniuses who explore the effects and ramifications of technology Finding Forrester rated PG 13 In Finding Forrester a boy from the Bronx who scores exceptionally high on a standardized test is admitted to a prestigious prep school and revealed to be both an athletic and literary genius He soon befriends a reclusive author who helps him improve his craft and embrace his innate gifts Billy Elliot PG 13 Not all child prodigies find their calling in academics Billy Elliot a boy from northern England abandons his boxing lessons to take up ballet when he discovers he has an affinity for dance Despite problems at home and school Billy diligently pursues his dream and lands an audition at the prestigious Royal Ballet Is he admitted You ll have to watch the movie to find out Little Man Tate rated PG The child of a single mother Fred Tate is a boy genius who is not only a mathematical wonder but also a highly gifted artist and pianist Fred attends a school for exceptional students and the film explores his attempts to find his place in the world as a child with an extremely high IQ 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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  • IQ is the result of nature, not nurture
    were either in junior high or high school Additionally researchers compared results of the Picture Vocabulary Test a facet of an IQ test the children took in junior high or high school and when they were between the ages of 18 and 26 The results indicated that although parenting styles that introduced things like reading before bed or eating meals as a family caused some increase in IQ the change is not significant In fact researchers noted that the study s outcome supports the theory that genetics are influential in determining IQ In previous research it looks as though parenting is having an effect on child intelligence but in reality the parents who are more intelligent are doing these things and it is masking the genetic transformation of intelligence to their children Kevin Beaver criminology professor at Florida State University and lead researcher on the study said in a statement The impact of parenting Although researchers found no real connection between parenting habits and intelligence Beaver warned that the information is not a free pass Reading to kids having family meals visiting the park and facilitating good conversations are all important for growing children Just because the activities don t greatly influence IQ doesn t mean they don t have an effect on other areas of childhood development The study also raised the point that parents who are intelligent tend to do things like read to their kids On the outside it may then seem like the reading makes children smarter even though it s the parents genes For this reason the researchers decision to use adopted children as a control group was crucial to the study s success RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced cognitive development Improve brain function with the right foods More

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  • How exercise benefits the brain
    your body has to consume more oxygen Your heart is pumping fast causing you to breathe quickly The oxygen does a lot for you when you work out as it provides your muscles with the fuel they need to keep going Your legs get some oxygen as you run and your arms get oxygen as you pump iron As you now know even your brain gets oxygen and a lot at that The 1 5 your brain takes is a lot when you re breathing in an increased amount of air Your brain has a field day with all that extra fuel creating more neurons in a process called neurogenesis Your brain uses neurons to do pretty much everything but you don t need all the ones your brain makes during neurogenesis Fortunately you can store them in a reserve of sorts When your brain is damaged it calls on the excess neurons Exercise can even repair damage that s already been done to your brain the organ is truly amazing Exercise at work A study published in the British Medical Journal revealed that regular aerobic training increased the volume of the hippocampus a part of the brain in women who were at risk for mild cognitive impairment MCI is associated with dementia and the hippocampus By exercising the women were able to improve the structure and size of their brains helping to prevent MCI Though children don t have to worry about MCI just yet exercise also helps them A study published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport noted that the less sedentary children are the greater their levels of concentration and ability to plan RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced cognitive development Improve brain function with the right foods More

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  • Genes account for more than IQ
    exam The test is a national standardized assessment that is a determining factor for whether students get into college like the SAT or ACT in the U S As such all U K students take the test The study results revealed that nine groups of traits were all highly hereditary as more identical twins were likely to share the traits than nonidentical twins Furthermore students who exhibited more of the traits scored higher on their GCSE exams than students who who had fewer of the traits In fact researchers pegged 62 percent of the differences in student GCSE scores on genetic traits I think this is going to end up being a really classic paper in the literature Lee Thompson psychologist from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio who has studied the genetics of cognitive skills and who was not involved in the research told Science It s a really firm foundation from which we can build on Results in practice Because the study indicated that traits tied to success and IQ are hereditary researchers noted that the information could affect education In an ideal world students could learn based on their predisposed traits For instance if they naturally learn better through doing hands on activities teachers could provide such an education for them Coordinating an effort to offer customized education is a challenging prospect It s really important to understand why children differ in academic achievement Kaili Rimfeld developmental psychologist of King s College London and author of the paper told Science These twin studies show that there s a genetic basis for the differences in how easy or enjoyable children find learning 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

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  • IQ test question examples
    school and they are common on IQ tests These questions assess a person s logical analysis skills Here s an example Leaf is to tree as button is to Coat Sewing Thread Leaves are a smaller part of a whole the tree As such the button must be a smaller part of something in this case a coat You can also have numerical analogies such as 8 4 as 10 3 7 5 15 To figure out the answer you have to look at the relationship between the two numbers 4 is half of 8 so you must find half of 10 which is 5 Word play By understanding patterns in language you can complete a task that requires you to form words You may see something like What three letter word when placed in front of these examples can be used to create a new word out of the following Sign script scribe Knowing that you have to put a word in front of the ones you were given should give you a clue you re looking for a prefix Next you need to think of prefixes that are three letters long and create words out of the ones you were given If you thought of con you were correct Out of place Some tests may give you one shape that is arranged and presented in different positions The way the images are laid out may cause each to look like the same identical shape but one is in fact different For instance you may see what looks like the number 7 laying on its side or upside down But on closer inspection you might note that one of the 7s is backward and therefore is the one that does not belong RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids

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  • Perchlorate consumed by pregnant mothers may reduce child IQ
    were 3 times more likely than mothers not exposed to the chemical to have a child whose IQ score at 3 years old was in the lowest 10 percent of the population Even mild hypothyroidism and or hypothyroidism for a short period of time may have adverse neurocognitive effects in later childhood Dr Angela Leung a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of California Los Angeles who was not involved in the study said in a statement Study conditions Researchers analyzed perchlorate levels in 487 pregnant women who were in their first trimesters They also had iodine deficiency and thyroid dysfunction during the course of their pregnancy When the children were 3 years old researchers had them take an IQ test Though high perchlorate levels are associated with thyroid dysfunction and a decreased IQ researchers are hesitant to name the chemical as the cause The study did not account for the mothers home environment or IQ both of which could have an effect on the babies Perchlorate concerns Researchers note that while a small portion of the U S population is exposed to higher levels of perchlorate most people encounter it in small amounts This has caused the Environmental Protection Agency to consider creating regulations surrounding perchlorate levels in water According to the source EPA officials are slated to release a proposal to create standards for perchlorate regulation in the summer of 2015 Clearly perchlorate is ubiquitous and various studies keep showing that it could harm health especially for sensitive populations like pregnant women fetuses and infants Andria Ventura a program associate with Clean Water Action based in Oakland California told the source We need to regulate it nationally RELATED ARTICLES Great books for gifted kids Pesticides associated with reduced cognitive development Improve brain function with the right

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