Can a head injury make you smarter?
August 12, 2009 10:29 AM Subscribe
Can a head injury possibly make you more
posted by Askiba to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
When I was younger (around the age of 7 and 8), I suffered a nasty spill while jumping on the bed. I hit my head pretty hard against a wooden post on the way down and had to get huge stitches; the scare largely faded away only recently, 8 years or so later. I ended up in the hospital because of that spill for a short period of time.
At that time I was currently enrolled in a public elementary school. I was a very mediocre student. I had trouble reading and was enrolled in a special program. I was destined to be a Bs and Cs student, most likely.
After that point I seemed to rapidly improve. I'm now upwards near the top 1% of the readers in my grade, with a relatively high Lexile (I forgot what it was exactly, however). I'm a Straight A student, but with the rare "high B" once in awhile. I'm a sophomore in high school at the moment. I'm not saying this is some miracle that turned me into a genius, that's ridiculous; just that my overall learning skill and intelligence seems to have improved more rapidly then anyone expected.
Could the two events I've described just be a happy coincidence? Or could the head injury have been involved? Maybe the reading program just really turned me around? All answers appreciated in helping me explore this, and I'm more then willing to provide extra info.