Can you actually become more intelligent? For years, neuroscientists thought that this basically didn’t happen. According to this view, you can take in more information and learn new things, but you can’t really become “more intelligent.” Recent research conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan shows that this old view is probably dead wrong.
Susanne Jaeggi, Martin Buschkuehl, and their colleagues at Michigan did a study looking at what happens when people play a challenging working memory task called Dual N-Back. They found that after training on this task for 25 minutes a day for a few weeks, the young adults in their study actually scored much better on tests of fluid intelligence – the ability to creatively solve new problems. Fluid intelligence is part of standard IQ tests, so we can say that these subjects actually increased their intelligence following this training.
The Dual N-Back training is now available (free for a limited time) on Lumosity! We have worked closely with Dr. Jaeggi and Dr. Buschkuehl to create a version of the Dual N-Back training that replicates what was used in their earlier study. And, we’re going to support their ongoing research by hosting the program which will be used in their studies of intelligence training going forward.
Try it for yourself, but be warned: this training is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard! But the effort is worth it. After you’ve started, why not share your experiences with other users in our dual n-back forum?