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Riddles and Children's IQ Development

By Natalie Aranda


Although the history of riddles comes from ancient times, it was not until the 19th century when researchers began to analyze different theories in children's IQ cognitive development.

In the 1800s, there was no established method for studying human sciences other that empirical knowledge. Riddles and trivia were not institutional methods for testing scholars or determine human nature or measure their intellectual functions.

Today, riddles are part of children's education and they serve to develop mental skills in handicapped children. Trivia and pictorial riddles are easy to understand for all kids, and yet fun and challengeable.

In general terms, IQ is calculated in estimate units and measure against a curve that determines whether a person is more intelligent that others after passing IQ tests to determine if his or her intelligence is above or under the normal distribution curve.

The nature of the test may include riddles and trivia, as well as questions specially designed to discover certain factors of a child's personality, but all of them follow the same pattern when it comes to measuring the results.

IQ in an individual is determined by a curve with a standard score of 100, and 15 units deviation of this mean. Hence, the average IQ is ranged between 85 and 115 units in a IQ test.

Because some children learn slower than others, variation in IQ tests are considered as normal within the standard scale. Trivia and riddles are often complementary to scholar activities to increase their active participation in learning, helping them to develop their abilities and intelligence coefficient faster and consistently.

After a program expressly intended for Children's IQ Development, researchers have found that kids IQ can range from 55 to 145 on the scale, this is 3 times deviation below and above the mean. The reason of decreasing in the curve after a child is encouraged to participate in riddles and trivia often is the result of confronting a new challenge never seen before.

As soon as the children understand the meaning of the test, it is more likely to see the IQ scale ranging in the standard values and above. Although IQ tests have been severely criticized for being considered useless due to their limited concept of intelligence, many people enjoy them.

Nothing is more fun for children that revealing what riddles hide behind no-sense wording or obscure phrases and as much fun as participating with your children in trivia games that encourage and support their IQ's development.



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Natalie Aranda writes on family, learning and creativity. Although the history of riddles comes from ancient times, it was not until the 19th century when researchers began to analyze different theories in children's IQ cognitive development. Today, riddles are part of children's education and they serve to develop mental skills in handicapped children. Trivia and pictorial riddles are easy to understand for all kids, and yet fun and challengeable.



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