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Summary: A new study reports adults and older adolescents can learn certain thinking skills, such as non-verbal reasoning, more effectively than younger people.
Older adolescents and adults can learn certain thinking skills including non-verbal reasoning more effectively than younger people.
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 include non-verbal reasoning ‘assess the true potential of every child’.”/.../