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Indian origin UK girl tops Mensa IQ test


London:  Mumbai born 11-year-old girl of Indian origin topped an IQ test of Mensa, achieving the top possible score of 162 and joining the league of brainiest students of the country.

Kashmea Wahi achieved the full score 162 out of 162, putting her name in the likes of scientists Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking and in the top one percent of the brightest students of the country. She studies at Notting Hill and Ealing Junior School in west London.

Kashmea said, “It’s overwhelming to be compared with the likes of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein, the comparison is implausible and I believe it would take loads of achievements for anyone like myself to be able to get into the league of such legends. Anyways, I am buzzing with excitement.”

It is noted that the IQ of both Hawking and Einstein is 160.

Kashmea took the test to prove her point to her parents, Vikas and Pooja Wahi, who are in the field of IT management consultancy. The Cattell III B Mensa test is one of the many tests conducted by Mensa. It is a well-known international evaluation process containing 150 questions. It includes a lot of verbal reasoning; it often assesses comprehension through the passage of texts.(Inputs from agencies)(

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Here’s how eating fish could be IQ booster for your kid

Fish acts like an IQ booster. Here's how!
Fish acts like an IQ booster. Here's how! Pixabay

Want to sharpen your kids’ mental skills and boost intelligence quotient (IQ) levels? Fish will act as an IQ booster.

The findings show:

  • Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better
  • Have IQ scores that are four points higher, on average, than those who consume fish less frequently or not at all.
  • Those whose meals sometimes included fish scored 3.3 points higher.
  • Increased fish consumption was associated with fewer disturbances of sleep, which the researchers say indicates better overall sleep quality.
Other than acting as an IQ booster, fish has many other benefits Pixabay
Other than acting as an IQ booster, fish has many other benefits Pixabay

How it was done

For the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, a cohort of 541 nine to 11-year-olds in China — 54 per cent boys and 46 per cent girls — completed a questionnaire about how often they consumed fish in the past month.

Their parents then answered questions about sleep quality, which included topics such as sleep duration and frequency of night waking or daytime sleepiness.

Fish has omega-3 which reduces anti-social behavior Pixabay
Fish has omega-3 which reduces anti-social behavior Pixabay

Connected dots

Previous studies showed a relationship between omega-3s, the fatty acids in many types of fish, and improved intelligence, as well as omega-3s and better sleep. But they’ve never all been connected before.

The new study reveals sleep as a possible mediating pathway — the potential missing link between fish and intelligence, the researchers said.

“Lack of sleep is associated with antisocial behaviour, poor cognition is associated with antisocial behaviour,” said Adrian Raine, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

“We have found that omega-3 supplements reduce antisocial behaviour, so it’s not too surprising that fish is behind this.”

The study “adds to the growing body of evidence showing that fish consumption has really positive health benefits and should be something more heavily advertised and promoted”, said Jennifer Pinto-Martin, Professor at the varsity. (IANS)

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