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Do-It-Yourself Brain Training To Improve Fluid Intelligence With Concurrent Breath Counting

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In this article you will be given:

  • An effective brain training exercise you can do any time- without a computer.
  • Improved ability to work through complex problems, decisions or trains of thought in your own mind without losing track.
  • A clear understanding of the nature of working memory and how it works in close association with your fluid intelligence (Gf) – your ability to reason, solve novel problems or see new conceptual relationships.

Let’s start with some working memory brain training

Working memory definition: the brain processes that enable you to hold in mind, and further process, goal relevant information in short-term memory in the face of concurrent processing and / or distraction.

The amount of information that can be held in mind in working memory’s ‘mental workspace’ is limited – but some individuals can hold more information in mind than others – that is, they have a larger working memory capacity (WMC)

Here is a do-it-yourself working memory training exercise you can do any time – whether using other IQ Mindware apps or not.

(1) Become familiar with belly (diaphragmatic) breathing. It gets its name from the way it uses the diaphragm (below the lungs) to fully saturate the lungs with oxygen. This has the effect of pushing the belly outward.

Here is a video introduction to belly breathing – its health benefits and how to do it.