Can Reading Lift Our IQ? (Vanquish the Myth)
Are all three major areas of intelligence heightened by the practice of reading? Clear Evidence and Common Sense Cognitively Point to YES!
New scientific studies have unequivocally confirmed that there sure enough are strong correlations between our three areas of IQ and the Practice of Book Learning. This new evidence has collectively been confirmed, reviewed and studied through new testing methods by neuroscientists and psychologists from right across the globe. All this new collaborative scientific awakening contrasts steeply with many years of the mistaken old belief that reading had little or no effect on one’s actual IQ.
The many various levels of IQ tests – some involving Word Vocabulary, which do have a reliable influence on how smart an individual actually is – the ability to work with words practically and spacially. When we learn a new recipe, a name of a new model car, new acquaintance, or even a new exercise routine we are not just acquiring new pieces of information or knowledge. We take on the real working potential of building and nurturing new ways and methods of steering ourselves through this world and those around us in an applicable way that subsequently lifts our IQ levels.
Let’s take a look at the three main IQ areas. Firstly we have “Crystallized Intelligence” – widely seen by psychologists and neurologists as the assemblage of the knowledge that ‘fills’ our brain. (This Intelligence is the one that uses learnt experience and knowledge). This Crystallized Intelligence is exponentially increased by the act of applied reading.
Then there is “Fluid Intelligence” – the understanding of objects, the recognition and analysis of patterns, the problem solving elementals, “reading between the lines” so to speak, can all come to shared light by little or no reading whatsoever. (Our abilities to solve new problems presented to us in brand new situations – use logic, identify and intelligently work with patterns displayed to us). However, in today’s world and society, Reading and Fluid Intelligence have extremely strong correlations and naturally work together to increase our intellectual ‘Capabilities’ – thus lifting this area of IQ also.
Over time in history we look back and see clear differences in reading and writing skills between the span of a hundred years. Significantly higher IQ levels amongst students are evidenced by the students of many subjects that practice reading/writing in a critical fashion. This is a widely known fact that clearly our IQ over the last 100 years have risen thanks to the accessibility and practicability of ‘More’ critical reading and writing.
Our abilities to organize, implement ‘Certain’ information, practically juggle items of interest and analyse objects on the move comes from “Fluid Intelligence”. Reading and writing increases this fluid intelligence and this works back the other way also – Fluid Intelligence increases our Working Memories and our Working Memories increase our skills in reading and writing. We increase our abilities in the Working Memory Department, and so hencefourth we increase our abilities in the Book Learning Department – this is clearly evidenced in younger and older students alike.
Emotional Intelligence: (by no way less important than the first two) – the third category, the ‘Feelings’ type of Intelligence. Our varying abilities to scan, read and respond to emotions we may experience and perceive in ourselves and others. Regardless of how extraordinary this IS to fathom for many, reading varied genre of matter can and does enhance this Intelligence. Literary Fiction, as varied as from romance to crime have a working relationship with this emotional muscle. This emotional/mental state displays our working levels and abilities to grasp and understand our Emotional Quotient which we commonly know as EQ.
These new abilities of reading the Mental State in others have extremely high connections between the reading or writing of many genres of Book Literature. The many different types such as Classic Literary Novels, Modern Popular Page-Turners to The Non-Fiction writings of recipes, history, philosophy, carpentry etc. All of these research outcomes were recorded out of many tests of sample reading from a cross-section of community, and comparatively this raised the levels of IQ in these test subjects. However, from all the different reading tests and out of all the different types of reading material – ‘Fiction’ clearly presented the highest result.
(Very recent research over a span of ten years has brought to light our very potential that the human brain continually develops and transforms right through life. Building new connections of neural areas, then having the capacity to speed up this communication of processes and learning new information – hence the Written Word surely enhances all this and opens the door to more ‘neuroplasticity’).
In conclusion, our brains respond and enhance dramatically amongst our three areas of intelligence to book learning. Building on our Connectivity the More we Read – And Write.