What determines your iq?

It’s a question that has haunted humanity since the dawn of time. Well, maybe not that long, but it’s still an important question nonetheless: what determines our IQ? Is it genetics? Upbringing? The amount of kale we eat on a daily basis?

Fear not, dear reader, for I am here to guide you through this formidable subject with wit and wisdom. So sit back, grab some popcorn (or kale if that’s your thing), and let’s dive into the fascinating world of intelligence.

We’re All Born Different

The first thing to note is that we are all born with different levels of intelligence. Some people are lucky enough to be blessed with high IQs right out of the womb (we refer to these individuals as “the chosen ones”), while others may struggle academically throughout their lives.

Don’t worry, though – just because you weren’t born in Mensa doesn’t mean you can’t develop your intellectual capabilities over time.

Genetics Play A Role…

That being said, there is no denying that genetics do play a role in determining our IQ levels. Research shows that up to 80% of our cognitive ability comes from inherited genes.

So if your parents were both rocket scientists and you find yourself struggling at math…well, don’t feel too bad about it. Blame them instead.

…But Not The Only One

However, genetics aren’t the end-all-be-all when it comes to intelligence. Environmental factors such as upbringing also have a significant impact on how smart we turn out (gasp).

For example, growing up in poverty-stricken areas or without access to quality education can hinder cognitive development significantly. Conversely,being raised by tiger parents who force their children into intense studying regimens might lead them towards becoming incredibly intelligent but social outcasts as well!

Education Matters

Speaking of education – surprise! It also can impact your intelligence. The quality and quantity of formal education one receives can have long-lasting effects on cognitive ability.

This doesn’t mean you need to go out and get a PhD (unless that’s your thing), but continuing education through various means, from reading books to attending classes or online courses, could potentially help improve your IQ. So put down the video games and pick up a book once in a while – it might be good for you!

Nature vs Nurture: Can We Really Decide?

It’s tough to say whether nature or nurture has a stronger influence on our IQ, as different studies point towards either explanation.

However,it is generally agreed upon that both play significant roles in shaping our intellect, so blaming all ills on genetics or upbringing may not be the way forward (or upwards).

Staying Active Helps

As it turns out, physical activity isn’t just great for staying fit – it also benefits our cognitive abilities!

Studies show that exercising regularly helps increase brain function such as better memory recall capabilities; improved decision-making skills; enhanced creativity levels (now this should light up those neurons). Time to hit the gym if you’ve been slacking off lately!

Nutrition Does Matter

Ever hear of “brain food”? It isn’t just mumbo-jumbo! A person’s diet can contribute significantly towards their intellectual performance as well.

Eating healthy fats like Omega-3s found in fish oil or nuts are linked with improvements in cognition such as better working memory capacity. Other foods like berries and dark chocolate contain high levels of antioxidants which researchers suggest could boost concentration and overall mental clarity (no excuses now people – eat healthy)

Here are some other fun facts:

  • Blueberries are often referred to as “brain berries”, thanks to their abundance of flavonoids which help bolster executive functions.

  • Broccoli contains choline necessary for synthesis once consumed by people gets converted to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter known for memory regulation.

Taking Care of Your Sleep Hygiene

I know it’s tough in this day and age with all the pressure from work, friends and just general social life. But making sure you get enough rest is crucial if you wish to boost your intellectual capabilities.

Sleep deprivation impairs cognitive performance across multiple domains due to its cumulative impact on brain function over time

So rather than trying that all-nighter one more time, maybe turn off Netflix once in a while (yeah..the horror).

IQ Tests Are Not The Be-All End-All

Now I understand everyone may want to take an IQ test but they aren’t always conclusive no matter how accurate they appear:

  • Firstly there isn’t one universal scoring system which leaves room for human bias depending on who developed the assessment tool or who’s marking them.

  • Secondly, data shows that IQ scores usually represent only narrow aspects of intelligence (mathematical or linguistic intelligence) whereas other intelligent features besides those can make an individual successful (such as cultural or practical competencies).

Therefore don’t sweat too much about being extremely tech-savvy and knowing nothing about anything else; there are various forms of success!


So let’s recap(like a true student) what determines our Intellectual Quotient:

  1. Genetics – While definitely not ALL controlling factor they do have significant implications.

  2. Environments – From tiger parents through education, these could shape our minds positively/negatively in many ways we wouldn’t imagine.

  3. Exercise & Nutrition: Physical activity means better mental stamina and wise food choices lead towards increased cognitive abilities(you did read about dark chocolate earlier!)

  4. Sleep hygiene – Staying well-rested won’t stop your brainpower progressing downwards at breakneck speed though also keeping sleep cycles consistent will prevent any further damage to what you already possess.

You can’t change the hand you’re dealt with (genetically), but it’s good to know that we have some control over our intellectual abilities outside of genes.

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