Something children are better at than adults (and no, it isn’t creativity)

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Often adults can do thing better than children. I know some – Romantic – people think children are genius and education kills creativity, but that has been debunked already. Still, I know a lot of stuff that children can do, which are now almost impossible to me. And a new study adds something to this list: noticing stuff that adults didn’t see. And it’s because of one of the limitations of children: it’s harder for them to focus. (btw, this recent post by Dan Willingham is also about the benefits and downsides of focus)

From the press release:

In two studies, researchers found that adults were very good at remembering information they were told to focus on, and ignoring the rest. In contrast, 4- to 5-year-olds tended to pay attention to all the information that was presented to them – even when they were told to focus on one…

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