Your brain: getting smarter by the minute

'Brain helmet’ promises higher IQ

Researchers at Bar-Ilan University unveil virtual reality helmet that uses math problems to raise user’s IQ by 20 percent in just three months

TEL AVIV - The difference between success and failure is sometimes just a matter of a few IQ points, so why not boost your intelligence with a nifty little invention made in Israel?


Dr. David Passig, futurist and head of Bar-Ilan University’s virtual reality lab, is the man behind the helmet, which he says can improve the intelligence of the user.


The helmet has a visor that fits over the eyes of users, putting them in a virtual reality world where they solve mathematical problems and learn to assemble and take apart three-dimensional objects.


Helmet improves IQ of hearing impaired children


Passig says that, if the users wear the helmet 10 to 20 minutes a day for three months, their IQ can improve by as much as 20 percent.


“We did a study with hearing impaired children, who usually achieve relatively low scores in IQ tests compared to children who can hear, and after using the helmet they achieved identical scores,” he said.


Passig also says that the helmet allows men to develop what, until now, only women had: a connection between the left and right lobe of the brain. Using the helmet increases the blood flow between the two halves of the brain, he says


The innovative “brain helmet” will be presented to the public for the first time this coming Thursday in the Cinema City movie theater complex in Glilot, near Tel Aviv, in the framework of “Digital City” event organized by Microsoft Israel.


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