IQ tests can't measure it, but 'cognitive flexibility' is key to learning and creativity - Deepstash

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IQ isn't the be-all end-all

Some of the greatest achievements have relied on creativity, imagination, curiosity, and empathy, not just IQ. 

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Cognitive flexibility combines all these skills.

"Cognitive flexibility" is a skill that enables us to switch between different concepts, and to adapt behaviour to achieve goals in changing environments. 

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Cognitive flexibility is about learning to learn and being able to be flexible about the way you learn.

BARBARA JACQUELYN SAHAKIAN, CHRISTELLE LANGLEY, VICTORIA LEONG

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We use cognitive flexibility every day.

If you normally take the same route to work, but there are now roadworks, what do you do? Some people stick to the original plan, despite the delay. People with more cognitive flexibility adapt and problem-solve to find a solution.

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Flexible thinking is key to creativity.

BARBARA JACQUELYN SAHAKIAN, CHRISTELLE LANGLEY, VICTORIA LEONG

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Flexible thinking is independent of IQ.

Unlike working memory (how much you can remember at a certain time), cognitive flexibility does not rely on IQ. 

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Science and innovation needs creativity.

Creativity is an important part in science and innovation, making flexible thinking important for innovation.

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Cognitive flexibility protects against bias.

Flexible thinking helps people recognise potential faults and find solutions.

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You can build cognitive flexibility.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and structural learning are ways to improve cognitive flexibility.

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Cognitive flexibility is essential for society to flourish.

BARBARA JACQUELYN SAHAKIAN, CHRISTELLE LANGLEY, VICTORIA LEONG

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