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Does Reading At A Young Age Actually Make You Smarter?


What is Intelligence?

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Intelligence simply put, is a person’s ability to learn. There is no other better way to learn than to read. However, this reading must be sophisticated, so that it exercises the brain tissue, much the same as a brisk 30-minute exercise routine makes the body more fit and healthy.

According to the American Psychological Association, “Intelligence refers to intellectual functioning such as IQ tests. Intelligence is a broad range taking in differences in Social intelligence, the expertise of interactions with others, and generational differences.

The following things have a bearing on intelligence, such as proper Nutrition and increased Education among other factors.

Still Up for Debate?

In the past and even in our current society, 2017 a lot has been discussed on the subject of reading and does reading at a young age have anything to do with making a youngster smarter? While some scholars feel it does there are others who feel it does.

Those young students who, after a short time, deemed as “slow” students seem to gain momentum when a light comes on in their brain, and they start to excel beyond expectations.

Experts on this subject recognize new ways to help make young readers “smarter.” Experts claim that they certainly can increase intelligence by first starting with the basic useful knowledge that you first gain, such as, the name of your best friend, how to get home and your address, the name of your school and your teacher. When you add new vocabulary words and discover the meaning to this basic foundation of words you are expanding your intelligence.

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Book Smarts Vs. Common Sense

The question arises, “Would you rather have all the book smarts in the world or good common sense?” For some reason, a lot of people do not seem to possess both abilities. Some of the experts on this subject feel that nowadays people have both common sense and book intelligence.

Maybe there is a person in your life that you frequently go to for insight on a decision or problem because that person has “much wisdom, insight, and are very sharp.” When you talk to them, they seem to have so little book knowledge intelligence.

You go to this person because they seem always to have the right answers, be able to solve difficulties, mind-boggling problems in life, and are just very sharp and on the ball. This person always seems to give you the right answers. You trust their wisdom and intelligence.

Increase in IQ Levels

Experts base this assumption from researching IQ scores, saying that IQ scores are higher in the 21st century than they were in the 20th century. This rise in IQ scores seems global and not just across the United States.

Studies show that young students and older adults who practice reading and responding to emotions. These people’s comprehend skills were high because they could read and memorize subjects at the same time.

Experts research, the reading of literary fiction and found that participants improved their theory of mind as to have the ability to understand the mental status of others.

Teachers, professors and the like have felt for a long time that intelligence is measured by how well and how much someone reads. In other words, they believe that reading does impact that person’s intelligence.

The Brain Needs Exercise Just Like the Body

We can look at this in another perspective by comparing the health of the human heart through cardio workouts on a daily basis.

We can examine the importance of keeping our body fit and in shape through a personalized daily plan of exercise.

If it is so important for your body to stay healthy and in shape does not the same thing apply to our brain? Should we not use our brain to keep our cognitive abilities intact?

Experts find that for older adults to keep their brain healthy, they need to use their brain daily through reading. If you get stumped on a word, you stop and look that word up and become familiar with the word and its meaning. Reading exercises in itself increase knowledge and intelligence and help to keep the brain healthy.

There was a study done where groups were reading a book while an MRI tracking machine monitored their brain’s activity. This mapping process identified that there was a definite rise in the circulation of blood to used and unused parts of the brain. Thus, the brain was in the process of exercise.

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Reading Extends the Vocabulary and Knowledge

Younger children may say, “I don’t understand how reading this will benefit me later in life.”

When younger children get into a pattern of reading it helps to extend their vocabulary. They learn about a new world of words and the meanings of these words that they never heard. The child goes to a teacher, parent or whomever to find out what the words mean. An older child may look the word up for a definition.

These new words and meanings are filtered into the brain and added to the basics learned prior. People can use this new information and possibly work it into their everyday conversations. Experts prove that the individual’s analytical skills increase with reading. The person’s overall ability to memorize increases as does the retaining of information read.

When anyone at any age reads a book they must focus their attention on what they are learning; otherwise, they will not be able to pay attention to the book. Reading makes you concentrate on what the words are saying the ideas that these words are developing. Reading anything demands the person pay attention or focus.

More Complex, Reading Material is the Key

Research done on people reading, the more complex material such as classic works found that, the more complex the text, the more the brain exercised. The conclusion was that the more involved the reading materials, the more helpful it was in exercising the brain.

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Intelligent Versus Love of Reading

Many well-known people in the world, considered smart and highly intelligent who enjoy reading break the saying that you cannot have book smarts and common sense. It is either one or the other. Of course, you can still be a smart and intelligent person and not like to read books. And then many smart and successful people in the world love to read such as, Mark Zuckerberg, James Mattis, Elon Musk, Barack Obama and the late Steve Jobs.

Intelligence versus No Love of Reading

Researchers found that there are people who are smart and intelligent who do not read books such as, Kanye West and Meghan Trainor. Donald Trump has said he read, but not a huge fan.

To sum things up, experts deduce that reading does make you smarter. However, the reading material must be more complicated so that the reading material ready goes all out to exercise the brain. Becoming more intelligent does work if the reader continues to read books that do not make the user research word meanings or ask questions. This new information helps to increase intelligence.


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