We are connected to new technologies all day. For example, when our cell phone alarm wakes us up in the morning and we already have our smartphone in hand, or when we come home from work and go straight to the computer or tablet to connect to social media.
New technologies have revolutionized our daily life and, even if we don’t realize it, they also changed our brains.
Children and intelligence
In an interview published in the newspaper La Vanguardia, David Bueno and Torrens, Author of the book “Cerebroflexia”, says: “New technologies mean that people have less connections in the field of brain memory management because part of this function has been externalized to digital devices: little is already remember their friends’ phone number “.
But can new technologies make us more or less intelligent? Recent studies indicate that if we want intelligent children, we have to be careful about the use of new technologies. In addition, it seems that the key to developing a child’s intelligence is music (in particular, playing instruments).
The role of parents in the development of their children’s intelligence
The family environment and the attitude of parents are decisive in the intellectual development and academic performance of children. If we are talking about the latter, that is, school performance, Frances glascoe, A professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University in Berlin, explains that “it has been found that children who grow up in homes where conversation, reading and music are present tend to have higher IQs and get better grades in school “.
Therefore, parents who often let their children watch television or play video games should be aware that this may affect their future academic performance as a children who frequently interact with their parents and even the rest of the family achieve greater intelligence development.
Technological devices and intelligence: some scientific data
Psychologists and educators have been warning parents for decades about the harmful effects of technological devices (including television) on the little ones in the house. Álvaro Bilbao, Author of the book “The Child’s Brain Explained to Parents,” warns: “The key to children’s brain development lies in relationships with parents. Genetics can have an important weight, but without the family environment, the potential development of the brain will not be realized ”.
It is true that these well-used technological devices can be positive, but it is common for many parents, in order to have some quiet time, to leave their children in front of the TV or connected to the iPad without any control. Caution should be taken in this regard, because research published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, and conducted by Sainte Justine University in Quebec and the University of Michigan, shows that children who at 2, 3 and 4 years old spend more hours watching television have more problems at school. For example, they have a 6% drop in math scores.
Brain training games don’t make us smarter
In recent years, games or brain training programs have become very popular with the aim of stimulating cognitive development. The truth is that its validity in improving the performance of cognitive functions is more than questioned. The Swedish researcher began to believe that he was able to become smarter through this type of game or program. Torkel Kliemberg, Who said that with its use, children not only improved their memory after weeks of play, but also their intellectual abilities in general.
Some studies have shown that this belief is not true. Recently, a meta-analysis of 23 surveys indicates that these games or video programs may lead to improvements in short-term memory, but not in other areas, such as improving numerical computation. The same result was obtained in a study from the University of Cambridge, in which its researchers found that apart from an increase in short-term memory, there was no improvement in other skills such as than math, reading or writing.
Another investigation, this time conducted by a team of psychologists from Georgia Tech to see if there was an improvement in HF, nor did he detect any improvement in the intelligence of the study subjects. Therefore, it is possible to conclude that Brain Training games do not make us smarter.
Science says learning to play an instrument makes us smarter
But how to stimulate the intelligence of our children? Can music positively influence children’s intellectual development? Presumably. At least, that’s what several studies claim.
Many people play instruments and perform in music groups as a hobby. If these results are true, besides having a good time, these individuals could be more advantaged in the development of their intelligence. According to various research, exposing a child to play instruments at an early age can have a positive impact on their IC, reading level, and brain development. In addition, adults who learn to play instruments also reap the benefits of this practice: greater concentration, greater brain activity, and more pleasure and well-being.
To test this hypothesis, a team of researchers from the University of Toronto (Canada) conducted a study on 6-year-old children. Some of them gave them random piano and singing lessons. The others received no training. The study found that learning to play an instrument can improve math and IQ skills in general. So, if you are a parent, instead of leaving your child in front of the computer, take guitar or piano lessons. In this way, you will stimulate their intelligence and creativity.