According to NSA’s Puzzle Periodical, “Intelligence. It’s the ability to think abstractly. Challenge the unknown. Solve the impossible. NSA employees work on some of the world’s most demanding and exhilarating high-tech engineering challenges. Applying complex algorithms and expressing difficult cryptographic problems in terms of mathematics is part of the work NSA employees do every day.”
You can try a couple of their recent, and quite tough, brain teasers here:
More brain teasers, games and illusions here.
By: Greater Good Magazine
West Point cadets endure a grueling level of physical exertion, emotional challenge, and social abuse. The standards for completing the training are high, as is the dropout rate.
According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, who has studied these cadets, what sets the graduates apart from those who don’t complete the training Read the rest of this entry »
By: Anu Acharya
As we enter an era of a transforming cerebrals
there will soon be “Mindful” wearables
to concentrate, meditate and self regulate
Did I just see you drop your jawbone at the gate?
Charge yourself to a calming or energizing state
Enhance memory and you are now feeling great
Your life may soon be in a different motion
With Electrical and magnetic brain stimulation
Not just in games or Read the rest of this entry »
Declining intelligence in old age linked to visual processing (Science Daily):
“Researchers have uncovered one of the basic processes that may help to explain why some people’s thinking skills decline in old age… Read the rest of this entry »
Learning second language ‘slows brain ageing’ (BBC):
“Learning a second language can have a positive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adulthood, a University of Edinburgh study suggests…Using data from intelligence tests on 262 Edinburgh-born individuals at the age of 11, the study looked at how their cognitive abilities had changed when they were tested again in their seventies Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Just a couple weeks ago I had a discussion with several psychologists and neurologists who seemed to share the opinion that “brain fitness” is a meaningless concept and pursuit. On the one hand, they thought, intelligence is a fixed trait and no intervention has shown so far to reliably increase it. On the other hand, nothing has been shown to prevent the pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease. According to this mindset…why bother?
Well, what if such mental framework was wrong or, worse, misleading? Read the rest of this entry »
By: Scott Barry Kaufman
When it comes to our understanding of human intelligence, for too long, there has been a mismatch between theory and practice. Theoretically, the two main threads running through definitions of intelligence have been (a) adaptation to the environment, and (b) the cognitive, affective, and volitional characteristics that enable that adaptation. Practically, IQ tests measure an important but limited slice of intellectual functioning in a very limited testing environment. Why such a disconnect?
Intelligence tests were born out of necessity. Read the rest of this entry »