- Posted March 21, 2014 by
GSOHI (Global society of High Intellect) conducts research on IQ
Huge amounts of research have been done on IQ - intelligence quotient - and many claims made about it. Holidays and junk food can make IQ drop while being breastfeed and a big head can make it go up. These are just a few assertions discussed in an article in Psychology Today.
IQ tests as we know them today were developed in the early 1900s, the first being the Stanford-Binet intelligence scales. Many have since been developed and measure slightly different things, say psychologists. The Stanford-Binet and the Wechsler intelligence scales remain the most popular.
The average IQ score in the UK is 100, according to GSOHI (Global society of High Intellect), which is a society dedicated to bringing together people from all parts of the world who have an exceptional intellect. But even if you score at the lower end of the scale all is not lost as IQ can change, say experts.
"Given different environments and opportunities IQ can develop and grow," says Professor Joan Freeman, a developmental psychologist who runs the country's only dedicated practice for gifted children. "Something as simple as a bad cold can make IQ go down temporarily."
Also, IQ is not the be-all and end-all when it comes to being a high earner. A study by Ohio State University's Center for Human Resource Research is among several that suggest IQ has no relationship to wealth. This is because the tests only measure a person's cognitive ability and being successful is about much more, says Freeman.
"IQ tests don't measure other qualities such as personality, talent, persistence and application. You might not have a high IQ but if you have a gung-ho personality then you may use what you have more effectively than someone with a high IQ... I regard IQ like a muscle, you may be born with the muscles of an Olympiad but if you don't use them they will diminish."