"THE SCIENCE OF SMART" covers the range of intelligences that make us successful, from verbal and spatial to social and emotional and, through a series of exercises and how-to’s, you'll dive deep into the emerging techniques for boosting our brains across the realms (yes, you can boost your IQ as an adult!).
There was a time in the not-too-distant past when intelligence was associated almost exclusively with narrow IQ tests designed to predict who would succeed and who could not. That IQ score was said to be fixed. But just very recently, thanks to a revolution in cognitive neuroscience, experts now know that we have many kinds of intelligence (not all of them measured by old-style IQ tests), and that IQ itself can be enhanced. How we raise our children, how we spend our spare time, even our exercise, all serves to boost the cognitive brain.
Included is an interactive quiz to find your creative style; create a workout program of physical exercise to boost your smarts; and take an in-depth test of your emotional intelligence. In addition, there are sample questions across the different areas of intelligence as well as a bona fide version of the Wonderlic test, which is today given widely to job applicants in Fortune 500 Companies and even the NFL. The good news is that new training techniques covered in this book can help anyone increase their scores and their performance in the world.
Pamela Weintraub is a veteran journalist specializing in psychology, life sciences, and culture. She is former editor-in-chief of OMNI, executive editor of Discover, and currently the psychology and health editor of Aeon. She is author or co-author of 16 books, including the award-winning Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic, as well as The Meaning of Meow (Centennial Books, 2020) and The Meaning of Woof (Centennial Books, 2020). For the last two years, much of her work’s focus has been on covering animal psychology and the animal mind. Pamela lives in New York City.