SMART IN­VEST­MENTS

Wise up to the lat­est re­search and in­flat­ing your in­tel­li­gence quo­tient should be a no-brainer

Men's Health (UK) - - 7/17 Your Summer Starts Here -

For this month’s Fitse In­dex, we chart what’s ris­ing and fall­ing in the world of IQ sci­ence

UP HOT HEADED As if you needed an ex­cuse, sex has been shown to im­prove cog­ni­tion and pro­tect the brain from stress. You can thank us in a cou­ple of min­utes. Konkuk Univer­sity UP LOFTY AM­BI­TION Ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volve com­plex move­ments such as climb­ing can el­e­vate your work­ing mem­ory by up to 50%. Univer­sity of North Florida UP THE GOOD WORD In­tel­li­gent peo­ple tend to swear

more, as a colour­ful vo­cab­u­lary is an in­di­ca­tor of higher rhetor­i­cal skill. F***ing great news. Marist Col­lege, NY

UP SMARTER DRUGS

Modafinil has long been touted for its anti-fa­tigue qual­i­ties, but claims that it aids learn­ing now have sci­en­tific back­ing. Neu­ropsy­cho phar­ma­col­ogy UP KRILL IN­TEN­TIONS Up­grade your reg­u­lar omega-3 supp for one that con­tains krill oil. Ev­i­dence sug­gests it im­proves the brain’s ca­pac­ity for learn­ing and mo­ti­va­tion. Univer­sity of Ber­gen DOWN BUT­TER UP While dairy fats have been linked to bet­ter cog­ni­tion, stud­ies noted a cor­re­la­tion be­tween high mar­garine in­take and lower IQ. Uni of Auck­land UP BREW IDEAS Stuck in a Youtube vor­tex at the of­fice? Com­bin­ing caf­feine

and thea­nine raises your fo­cus to fil­ter out Dude Per­fect. Nutri­tional Neu­ro­science HOLD BOOK IT OFF We wouldn’t quib­ble with the de-stress­ing ben­e­fits of a good

book, but the idea that nov­els de­velop so­cial in­tel­li­gence could prove to be fic­tion. Uni of Penn­syl­va­nia HOLD SCREEN IT OUT Young peo­ple who watch sev­eral hours

of TV each day are twice as likely to have poor men­tal func­tion. Save the boxsets for after your big meet­ing. JAMA Psy­chi­a­try UP WIN THE TOSS Find­ing a new party

trick in­creases grey mat­ter and keeps your brain young. Learn to flip bot­tles and you’ll hone your mo­tor skills, too. Uni of Ham­burg UP BRAIN FREEZE Your new favourite sum­mer sharp­ener: eat­ing ice cream im­me­di­ately after wak­ing up boosts fo­cus and leads to faster re­ac­tion times. Ky­orin Univer­sity

BIG AND CLEVER Mus­cle supp cre­a­tine

mono­hy­drate de­liv­ers gains to your grey mat­ter with pos­i­tive ef­fects on mem­ory. So you won’t for­get your bench PB, ei­ther. Univer­sity of Syd­ney

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