6. Helpful Hints

Jan-20-2012 | Comments Off

Bird’s Eye: Feeling the need for self-improvement? We start with a fun page of helpful household hints (lovely diagrams in the full article), and follow up with some (faintly NSFW) advice on how to decide what to do with your life. (The link is to the subreddit that offers support for ex-Mormons: there are are subreddits for all groups!) Raise your IQ, and make yourself look (even more) beautiful with fotoshop, the new beauty regimen from adobé. (A hilarious and painful parody!)

* Tips To Make Life Easier  Zuza Fun

• Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila, you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream.

• Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief

• Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

* How To Choose A Life Career Reddit, (ex-Mormons subreddit)

* How To Raise Your IQ  The Daily Beast

As we dug into the latest research in neurobiology and cognitive science for this second annual installment of the Newsweek/Daily Beast guide to being smarter in the new year, one discovery from 2011 therefore stood out above all the others: that IQ, long thought to be largely unchangeable after early childhood, can in fact be raised. And not by a niggling point or two. According to a groundbreaking study published this fall inNature, IQ can rise by a staggering 21 points over four years—or fall by 18.

… Twenty points is “a huge difference,” says cognitive scientist Cathy Price of University College London, who led the research. “If an individual moved from an IQ of 110 to an IQ of 130 they’d go from being ‘average’ to ‘gifted.’ And if they moved from 104 to 84 they’d go from being high average to below average.” Her study was conducted on people ages 12 to 20, but given recent discoveries about the capacity of the brain to change—a property called neuroplasticity—and to create new neurons well into one’s 60s and 70s, Price believes the results hold for everyone. “My best guess is that performance on IQ tests could change meaningfully in adult years” too, she says. “The same degree of plasticity [as seen in young adults] may be present throughout life.”

* How To Make Yourself Beautiful  Jesse Rosten (Thanks, Gabe!)



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