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Flynn Effect Theory

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Flynn effect refers to the changes in human intelligence over time. From time to time, people increase in IQ scores and the effect is probably due to different factors most of which are consequent upon social changes.

Flynn effect psychology
Increase in IQ over time
James R. Flynn did so much documentation about the theory which was named after him because he promoted the idea, especially in the 1980s. Some of the questions triggered by the Flynn effect are: How much increase in IQ has occurred over time? Are new generations smarter than older generations?

Increase in IQ? Why and how?

It is explainable and of course, reasonable to admit speculations that positive social changes make people inevitably increase their IQ scores. These changes are expressed in technological advancement (gadgets such as smartphone and computer), nutrition, education, brain boosters, and people's need to make life work.


Some other studies have refuted the Flynn effect. Many of these studies were conducted in America and Europe. However, critics only have spurious and insufficient data to back up their claims against the Flynn effect.

Flynn or no flynn, now what?
Whether flynn exist or not, you want to live with a high IQ. Don't you? The truth is a high IQ (even IQ 140+) is not sufficient in itself to make your life work. It just doesn't guarantee anything other than book smart. Thanks to progressive matrices and some creativity tests that could reveal something about one's creativity. Want to make your life what? Dump IQ, embrace creativity.

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Explore further:
Flynn J. R. (1987). "Massive IQ gains in 14 nations: What IQ tests really measure". Psychological Bulletin. 101 (2): 171–191. doi:10.1037/0033-2909.101.2.171

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