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EduMetrics and Intellectual Development

For years, many scientists believed people are born with an unchangeable, fixed level of intelligence that they cannot increase. Recent brain research, however, indicates that the mind is capable of growing. The EduMetrics Institute is a non-profit organization aiming to help people of all ages develop intelligence and become smarter through mental training.


Robert Sternberg, professor of psychology and education at Yale University, explained, “Intelligence generally is defined as the ability to adapt flexibly and effectively to the environment.”[1] So, to develop intelligence, people should become adept at some essential mental skills they can apply in everyday life. EduMetrics has tapped into and improved one of the best methods to increase intellectual development: practicing with fun, mind-engaging puzzles.

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PuzzleQuest Intelligence-Building Modules®, the organization’s newest creation, helps players increase intellectual
abilities in several different mental challenges known to be directly linked to intelligence. EduMetrics designed these puzzles to stretch the mind in techniques like inductive and deductive reasoning, figural decomposition, and mental capacity—essential ingredients for success in problem solving, reading, mathematics, and other analytical tasks.

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  • Inductive reasoning is the ability to find logic in seemingly dissimilar things by discovering a pattern or rule to explain linkages. This important ability is essential in everyday problem solving, as it helps the mind order things in a rational way.
  • Deductive reasoning is closely linked to inductive reasoning. Once learners determine a pattern or rule using inductive logic, they can apply that rule to determine the next item in a sequence. Deductive logic helps the mind answer complex problems based on existing information, a foundation for intellectual development.

  • Figural decomposition is the capability to separate a big problem into smaller, less intimidating pieces. In life, in school, and in professional work, we are constantly faced with complex problems. The ability to separate complex problems into smaller pieces is often the first step in solving them. PuzzleQuest® challenges players’ ability to decompose complex figures.
Nautilus shells are a fascinating example of math in nature.
  • Memory Capacity is the ability to remember a number of steps, rules, patterns, order of events, and more. After inducing the rules necessary to solve a problem, players need to have the memory skills to apply those rules in order. Memory capacity is an important part of overall memory management. Managing your memory means quickly determining which of the many rules stored in your brain apply to a specific problem, when to apply each rule, and when the problem is solved. By increasing your memory capacity and sharpening your memory management skills, you can become more intelligent.

The EduMetrics Institute isn’t just about teaching people—it’s about helping people understand the way they think. By discovering new information about their learning methods, people of all ages can increase critical thinking skills, analytical skills, and and intelligence. Let’s discover!

--Van Newby, PhD, Vice President, EduMetrics Institute
--Brandon Stephenson, Marketing Specialist, EduMetrics Institute

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[1] Sternberg, et al. Practical Intelligence in Everyday Life, Cambridge University Press, 2000


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