DailyDirt: These Things Are Not Really Making You Any Smarter, But Try Them Anyway?
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It’s not easy to get smarter, and there are very few things you can do that might make you smarter that have any kind of scientific evidence to support them. (However, you really should exercise more. There’s plenty of evidence that points to exercise having benefits to your brain and your intelligence.) If you really want to get smarter, though, check out a few of these links before you attempt anything.
- Brain games that are supposed to exercise your grey matter haven’t been found to make anyone any smarter. Dozens of leading cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists have published a statement saying that “the scientific literature does not support claims that the use of software-based ‘brain games’ alters neural functioning in ways that improve general cognitive performance in everyday life, or prevent cognitive slowing and brain disease.” [url]
- There are some proven ways to appear smarter: 1) look at people when they’re talking to you, 2) have good posture, 3) use a middle initial, and 4) wear glasses. Trying to use big words in conversation and talking too much are common things that people do to try to act smart, but those are also the best ways to reveal how dumb you really are, too. [url]
- Kids eating Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats for breakfast are not magically smarter. However, if you bought Frosted Mini-Wheats thinking that between 2008-2009, you might be able to get (up to) a $15 refund on your purchase. [url]
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