Boost Your IQ with "SMART" software developed in the Department of Psychology
A new NUI Maynooth spin out company founded by Dr. Bryan Roche and Dr. Sarah Cassidy was recently launched. The company has developed a unique and revolutionary new training system called SMART training (Strengthening Mental Abilities With Relational Training), which can help boost the intellectual abilities of children. "This product is NOT brain training", insist the developers. "It is behavioural training". The basic idea behind the training system is that it trains the skills that children need to learn in the first instance before improvements in scholastic success can be achieved. It establishes the very fundamental components of intelligence itself. Popular "brain training" products on the other hand merely poise the brain to learn these very skills effectively, but the skills required must still be taught, and brain trainers do not know how to do that ... but behavioral psychologists do.
Derived relational responding refers to the ability to derive relationships between a set of words or objects given only limited information. For example, given the information; “A is the same as B” and “B is the same as C”, most adults can derive by themselves that A must be the same as C. Philosophers refer to this particular form of derived relational responding as syllogistic reasoning, and mathematicians refer to it using the concepts of equivalence and transitivity. Behaviour analytic psychologists believe that the ability to derive relations like this is central to the ability to read, to speak and to reason. In other words, it is central to general intellectual ability.
Based on two decades of work in the field of Relational Frame Theory, this new online programme has been shown in pilot research to boost the IQs of a range of both normal and developmentally delayed children, by a considerable amount. The improvements seen in research to date are enough to move a child from a subnormal IQ to normal, or from normal to above normal. These improvements are unprecedented for any form of intervention for intellectual development. The product will be in ongoing development over the years to improve its delivery and to more fully understand its impact on specific skills like reading and numeracy.
Figure 1: IQ rises from pre to post-intervention for a sample of four normally developing children (training group) and a further four normally developing children who did not receive the intervention (control group). These participants were exposed to a stimulus equivalence-based intervention (SE) prior to the full battery of relational frame training. Taken from Cassidy, Roche & Hayes (2010).
In a recently published study employing the relational frame training system, IQ rises were observed for a sample of 8 educationally challenged children. These children started the programme with an average IQ of 82, well below the normal score of around 100, with the lowest being 72 and the highest being 92. Following the intervention, these IQs were moved on average to 96, well within the normal IQ range. While all IQs improved, three remained below normal. A further three children had their IQ moved into the normal range, while two had their IQ raised to above normal ranges.
Figure 2: IQ rises from pre to post-intervention for a sample of eight educationally challenged children. Taken from Cassidy, Roche & Hayes (2010).
The SMART training method is based on two decades of research, much of which stems from Relational Frame Theory, an empirically supported behavioural theory of language and cogntition, with which Dr. Roche has been closely associated. Much work conducted within this field by Dr. Roche and others, converge on relational training as a crucial aspect of all intellectual functioning, such as learning to speak, problem solve, and use numbers. The current training system is the product of that research.
Visit the homepage for this product at RaiseYourIQ.com