A few weeks ago I told my students about an interesting question raised and answered by this study by Fuhrmann, Knoll and Blakemore: can adolescence also be regarded as a sensitive period? This new study by a.o. the same researcher adds to their findings: older adolescents and adults can learn certain thinking skills including non-verbal reasoning more effectively than younger people.
From the press release:
The study, published in Psychological Science, also highlights the fact that non-verbal reasoning skills can be readily trained and do not represent an innate, fixed ability.
“Although adults and older adolescents benefitted most from training in non-verbal reasoning, the average test score for adolescents aged 11-13 improved from 60% to 70% following three weeks of ten-minute online training sessions,” says senior author Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience). “This calls into question the claim that entry tests for selective schools that…
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