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The "Does cubing have positive effects on my life/brain" thread

piece popper

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Now, as all of you cubers know, ya don't have to be a genius to do the cube, pyraminx, megaminx, other moving parts puzzles, and bigger versions of them. The question is, does it work the other way around? Does the cube make you more intelligent?

First, you must note that intelligence, to me, is not how much you know, but how fast your brain works, how well it works, and how much it can contain in the short term and the long term parts. I think it made a difference for me, and I have not been cubing for long.

The Ipad that I use has this app called RemembRing. It is basically simon says. Anyway, before I started cubing, on easy (four colors, no rotation). I managed to get about 12 or something for my best score. Today, I managed to get a score of 25 on hard (five colors, rotating on and off, which throws of your natural orientation). I have not played this game for months, which is way before I started cubing.

Coincidence?

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It's definitely brain exercise. I feel that it makes me think faster, besides exercising coordination for my hands/fingers. I'm not sure how permanent the effect is, though. It seems to make the biggest difference right after a cubing session if I have to do another task that involves speed or something like that.
 

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I think cubing helps your brain a lot. It exercises it. Like how if run say a mile a day if has a positive effect on your heart and body because it gets the blood flowing. And I think cubing does just that for your brain. I tend to find now that I am better at little mental games that require quick memory or things of that nature and though not a mental change, cubing has helped my JRA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) because it keeps my hands and fingers moving and that can help relieve pain and stiffness.
 

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It's helped me philosophically (indirectly) but I'll leave off that. Blindsolving's helped my memory a lot though. FMC and developing new techniques has obviously helped my logical thinking.
 

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Because I know my BLD lettering scheme perfectly I can now say the ABC backwards. all I have to do is imagine a cube. Does that count?
 

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My IQ was 120 before, and now (on the same program (different test though), I scored 152, which is like, above genius. I guess it must be skewed because this stuff isn't supposed to change so drastically ever.
 
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my grades have dropped in school ever since i started cubing... does that count? :( haha
It doesn't have the potential negative effect because I don't cube at school and I never studied before or after cubing and I still got good grades (they didn't improve, either).

I don't know how to multi quote, so at sneaklyfox: Genius is 140. I would know.:eek:
 

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It doesn't have the potential negative effect because I don't cube at school and I never studied before or after cubing and I still got good grades (they didn't improve, either).

I don't know how to multi quote, so at sneaklyfox: Genius is 140. I would know.:eek:
Actually I cube in school and it helps me concentrate a lot on what the teacher says. Usually when I do something while listening to something else I can't pay attention - with cubing it's the opposite.
It does however have a negative effect on my grades, because I spend time on cubing which I could have used on studying instead.
 

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I don't know how to multi quote, so at sneaklyfox: Genius is 140. I would know.:eek:
I looked at some other places online. Some places say that above 140 is considered "high IQ" and above 160 is "genius". Another says that above 140 is "genius". Anyway, I tend to believe the first one, where you have to be above 160 to be considered "genius" because I am at ~145 and don't consider myself a genius.
 
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