Navigation Links
Diet, parental behavior, and preschool can boost children's IQ
Date:1/25/2013

Supplementing children's diets with fish oil, enrolling them in quality preschool, and engaging them in interactive reading all turn out to be effective ways to raise a young child's intelligence, according to a new report published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Using a technique called meta-analysis, a team led by John Protzko, a doctoral student at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, combined the findings from existing studies to evaluate the overall effectiveness of each type of intervention. In collaboration with NYU Steinhardt professors Joshua Aronson and Clancy Blair, leaders in the field of intelligence, Protzko analyzed the best available studies involving samples of children from birth and kindergarten from their newlyassembled "Database of Raising Intelligence."

"Our aim in creating this database is to learn what works and what doesn't work to raise people's intelligence," said Protzko. "For too long, findings have been disconnected and scattered throughout a wide variety of journals. The broad consensus about what works is founded on only two or three very high-profile studies."

All of the studies in this database rely on a normal population (participants without clinical diagnoses of intellectual disabilities), focus on interventions that are sustained over time, use widely accepted measures of intelligence, and, most importantly, are randomly controlled trials (participants selected at random to receive one of the interventions).

"The larger goal here is to understand the nature of intelligence, and if and how it can be nurtured at every stage of development," said Aronson, Protzko's advisor. "This is just a first step in a long process of understanding. It is by no means the last word. In fact, one of the main conclusions is how little high quality research exists in the field and how much more needs to be done."

Overall, the results of the meta-analyses indicated that certain dietary and environmental interventions can be effective in raising children's IQ.

Supplementing pregnant women and newborns with long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, foods rich in Omega-3, were found to boost children's IQ by more than 3.5 points. These essential fatty acids may help raise intelligence by providing the building blocks for nerve cell development that the body cannot produce on its own.

There is insufficient research, however, to determine whether other types of supplements including iron, B-complex vitamins, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, and zinc have beneficial effects on intelligence.

Enrolling an economically disadvantaged child into an early education intervention was found to raise his or her IQ by more than four points; interventions that specifically included a center-based education component raised a child's IQ by more than seven points.

The researchers hypothesize that early education interventions may help to raise children's IQ by increasing their exposure to complex environments that are cognitively stimulating and demanding. It's not clear, however, whether these results apply more broadly to kids from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

Surprisingly, Protzko, Aronson, and Blair found no evidence to support the idea that early education interventions that take place earlier in childhood are more effective than those that begin later.

Interventions focused on interactive reading teaching parents how to engage their children while reading with them were found to raise children's IQ by over 6 points. These interventions do not seem to have an effect for children over 4 years old, suggesting that the interventions may accelerate language development, which, in turn, boosts IQ.

Sending a child to preschool was found to raise his or her IQ by more than four points, and preschools that include a language development component were found to boost IQ by more than seven points. The link between preschool and intelligence could be a function of increased exposure to language or the result of the overall cognitive complexity of the preschool environment.

"Our current findings strengthen earlier conclusions that complex environments build intelligence, but do cast doubt on others, including evidence that earlier interventions are always most effective," Protzko explained. "Overall, identifying the link between essential fatty acids and intelligence gives rise to tantalizing new questions for future research and we look forward to exploring this finding."


'/>"/>

Contact: Anna Mikulak
amikulak@psychologicalscience.org
202-293-9300
Association for Psychological Science
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Working moms spend less time daily on kids diet, exercise, study finds
2. Diet, Weight Loss Ease Menopause Symptoms: Study
3. Guidelines say diet, exercise, weight control improve odds after cancer diagnosis
4. Trickle-down anxiety: Study examines parental behaviors that create anxious children
5. Review: Altruisms influence on parental decision to vaccinate children is unclear
6. Making Parental Peace With Kids Homework
7. Parental consent for HPV vaccine should not be waived, poll says
8. Continued Use of ADHD Drugs May Reduce Criminal Behavior, Study Says
9. Biomarkers of behavior, therapeutic targets for adult B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia identified
10. Indoor Tanners Rationalize Risky Behavior, Study Finds
11. Obesity may be declining among preschool-aged children living in low-income families
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... , ... Nike Rugby Camp's success is due in large part to Ethan ... Rugby Camps and current Nike Camp director, has offered an all abilities rugby camp ... excited for our eighth summer here in San Diego,” says Willis. "We take great ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... , ... Hight-Doland Insurance Agency’s new community involvement program which serves families of ... of Southwest Louisiana to help provide positive mentoring for local youth. Donations to this ... of Southwest Louisiana has been helping to guide the area’s youth for over 30 ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... ... May kicked off with Melanoma Monday , a multi-agency effort to raise ... encouraging her patients, as well as residents all around Dallas, Cleburne, Irving, and Plano, ... in the future. , The dermatology-specific awareness month ends with “Don’t Fry Day,” established ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... Diego, California (PRWEB) , ... May 04, 2016 ... ... wearable technology that is transforming breastfeeding for nursing mothers. The company’s patented technology, ... intake while breastfeeding. Today, the company announced that the technology is now available ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Francesca Loparco, Co-Founder of Queen City Dream Cars, ... same-day LASIK procedure at Christenbury Eye Center. The entrepreneur struggled with her ... surgery the same day as her in-office consultation and eye exam. Francesca’s eyesight was ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... May 3, 2016 BioNovus Innovations LLC ... for Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI) today announced a ... diagnostics and medical devices. An agreement ... rights to license, develop and commercialize medical innovations ... "This partnership represents a significant advance in ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ACME Markets, Delaware ... Delaware County Councilman Dave White announced ... ACME pharmacies across Delaware County ... Prevention (CDC), naloxone has saved 26,463 lives nationwide over the past ... Delaware County were authorized to administer naloxone to overdose ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... FLINT, Mich. , May 3, 2016   Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today ... The company released a video of two patients who tell their personal story and encourage ... hepatitis.   Meet Jacque: Hepatitis C ... ... Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy (PRNewsFoto/Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc.) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: