Does IQ Fluctuate Over Time?

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    I swear I used to be smarter than I am now. Is it possible that a person's IQ could change with time, absent any disease? What would make that happen, if true?

    Could it be I'm just as smart as ever, but I feel less sharp because my brain is overloaded or something? I just don't seem able to focus like I once could.
     
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    I don't know if your iq score fluctuates with time; I was under the impression that IQ testing is no longer de rigeur for determining real intelligence.

    But our brains certainly lose elasticity (the ability to learn) over time. Hopefully by the time that happens, you've crammed so much in that even if you do lose some, you still have enough...

    I'm smarter in some ways...but don't ask me what the hell I did over Christmas because for the life of me I can't remember. Nor can I keep my multiple Megans, Brittneys, Heidis and Ambers distinct from each other. I have multiples on my case load, and I do mix them up in my head. And I have no idea what I determined on the tanf case I did two days ago. It channels directly from the person, through me, onto the computer...and that's where I leave it.
     
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    Our brains just get full and clogged with garbage as we get older.
    Too many reruns of Gilligans Island and such.
     
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    Forgetting is an art, and without it we could not survive.

    I used to be able to get "in the zone"; spend time with a book etc. and cram all that data into my little pea brain. I haven't felt that sensation in a very long time now....I am willing to believe my brain is different than it was at 30.
     
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    Too many brain cell killed over the years?
     
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    Not unless mystery novels kill them.

    I ain't much of a drinker.
     
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    I was not much of a drinker either.
    However I can tell you pain pills and morphine will kill a few.

    Or maybe it was the Scifi novels?
     
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    Naw, but I am suspicious of those Harry Potter novels.
     
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    yeah someone put a stupify curse on the right wingers.
     
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    Do people stop making new synapses at some point? I did not know this.

    I thought the brain continued to grow all throughout life.
     

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