Fluid intelligence and intellectual wellness

Wellness is more than just exercising and eating well. There are multiple factors that affect our overall well-being.

According to a report in MIT News, our ability to think quickly and recall information, also known as fluid intelligence, peaks at around age 20 and then begins a slow decline.

They also found that different components of fluid intelligence peak at different ages, some as late as in our forties.

Psychology Today magazine identifies two types of intelligence:

(1) Fluid intelligence which is the capacity to think logically and solve problems in novel situations, independent of acquired knowledge. Fluid intelligence involves the ability to identify patterns and relationships that underpin novel problems and to extrapolate these findings using logic.

(2) Crystallized intelligence which is the ability to utilize information, skills, knowledge, and experience in a way that could be measured on a standardized test like SAT. Crystallized intelligence represents your lifetime of cerebral knowledge, as reflected through your vocabulary and general knowledge.

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