What does it mean to be smart? Some people judge smarts by standard benchmarks like test scores and grade point averages. Others think "smart" means common sense, problem-solving abilities and street smarts.
Standardized testing scores have proven unreliable and biased along racial and socioeconomic lines, and cramming for classes can lead to GPAs that aren't a true indicator of intelligence. So, can you teach the average person how to be smart, or are smart people simply born smart?
While we can't all agree on a standard for intelligence, we can agree that the human brain is the key to all of them. It has a great capacity to adapt, rewire and grow. Neural networks expand and strengthen through learning experiences. Stimuli make the brain stronger and more vital.
This reinforcement of the brain's power affects intelligence across all standards, from street smarts to testing scores. Here are five ways you can increase your brain's capacity to take in and store new data in your daily life.