Improving Your IQ
by Richard Pellegrino and
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CONTENTS AT A GLANCE
Part 1: What's So Smart About Being Intelligent?
1. What Is Intelligence?
Discover the true meaning of intelligence, in all its varied forms, and
how increasing your effective intelligence is the key to improving all
aspects of your life.
2. How Should We Measure Intelligence?
Learn what the IQ test is really all about and why it's no longer
considered an appropriate measure of true intelligence. And discover
the real tools you need to develop truly effective intelligence.
3. Tools Don't Do the Job, People Do the Job
A fully-stocked brain is of little use without pragmatic sense as well.
Learn how to maximize your own “effective intelligence” tool kit to
really take charge of your life and your learning.
4. Slugging It Out—Even a Snail Can Learn
There's a lot we can learn from our less-neurologically-complex fellow
creatures. Find out what even a snail has to teach you about becoming
more effectively intelligent. If he can do it, so can you!
5. Making Connections: Synapses and Brain Circuits
From Andy's simple wiring to the confounding complexity of the human
brain: Here's where you learn just how it is that you think—effectively
6. From Slug to Slugger
You've got the basic wiring down, now it's time to learn about where
you get all the information you need from the world around you—and
how your brain makes sense of it all.
7. The Triad of Effective Intelligence
Becoming effectively intelligent is a dynamic, three-stage process.
Here's where you learn just how to do it. It's easier than you might
Part 2: The World Talks to Us
8 What You See Isn't Always What You Get
The astounding world of vision—and the amazing way your brain
processes what you see. It's not just a biological fact of life—learn to
take charge of your windows on the world.
The Microscopic Players—Underpaid and Underrated
How the Information Is Gathered
Go or No Go
Moving on Down the Line
What a Charge!
The Supporting Cast
Physical and Chemical Support
Don't Blame Him, He Was Born a Slug. What's Your Excuse?
Thanks for the Memories
The Science of Drooling
Making Connections: Synapses and Brain Circuits
The Skull Is a Very Noisy Room
Oh, Those Spunky Synapses
Let's Break It Down
Let's Build a Brain
From Slug to Slugger
From Wiring to Wisdom
All Roads Lead to Rome
How We Listen to the World: Sensors and Sensory Circuits
How We Talk Back!