I came across this article in Inc magazine yesterday. And it was surprising especially since the headline didn’t reveal the “secret.”
It’s probably not what you think, but it’s scientifically demonstrated to improve how you think.
Most of us think of IQ as a fixed thing, like an SAT score. You take a test, they tell you how smart you are, and that’s that.
Turns out that’s wrong.
Neuroscience is demonstrating that brain functioning is actually far more fluid than previously believed.
For example, research out of the University of Zurich shows that doing one simple thing can actually raise a person’s IQ. And we’re not just talking about children, whose brains are usually considered more pliable than those of adults. This works for both kids and adults – even those of advanced age.
So what’s the trick? Is it using flash cards to learn more advanced words?
No. It’s also not meditation, solving a Rubik’s Cube, or taking ginkgo biloba (though none of those could hurt).
It’s learning to play a musical instrument.
That’s right — playing music significantly improves brain functioning, and can raise your IQ by seven or more points.
This is just the latest in a series of studies proving the connection between mental development and music education. I have a roundup of articles that all prove the benefits of learning a music instrument.
Author: Andrew Ingkavet
Andrew Ingkavet is an educator, author and entrepreneur.
His belief that learning a musical instrument builds skills vital to success in life has led to a thriving music school in Brooklyn, NY. Internationally, Andrew helps music teachers with the Musicolor Method, an online curriculum/training as well as a 5 star-rated book,The Game of Practice: with 53 Tips to Make Practice Fun. He is also founder of 300 Monks, a music licensing company.