According to this 2016 Inc magazine article

Now, studies show that there is something you can do to dramatically improve your fluid intelligence as well as your overall IQ: meditate.

That's correct: Meditation is not just good for your physiological health, reducing stress, improving mood, and setting you up for emotional equilibrium rather than reactivity.

It can also make you significantly smarter.

This is repeated, more generally, in a number of other web-sites: e.g. EOC Institute, Best Brain Possible.

Do studies show meditation increases IQ?

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    @CPerkins: I hope that is sufficient. Inc.com has a fairly large readership. – Oddthinking Jun 29 '17 at 13:16
  • @Oddthinking : Neurofeedback training isn't what most people have in mind when they hear the phrase meditation. The article doesn't even claim that the average neurofeedback training has such an effect but that a specific course has it. If we want to stick to that article, the title of the question should be different. – Christian Jun 29 '17 at 13:54
  • @Christian: Gah! That's frustrating. Ok, I think most people reading the articles would walk away thinking meditation (as most people understand it) boosts IQ, so even if this article says in the fine print that they are talking about another sort of thing, we should address that as a claim. Your comment would then form a basis for an answer showing it was false. I'll edit the quote to focus on the big claim. – Oddthinking Jun 29 '17 at 14:51
  • "Intelligence" is ill defined and while there are many competing definitions one usually does not specify which one is currently used. So having high "fluid intelligende" is basically a worthless claim. – BlueWizard Jul 29 '17 at 19:26

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