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Children Compensate For Lack of Concentration Through Creativity

[Source:  Medical X-Press]

Children have a hard time with concentration tasks, but are often good at discovering hidden “tricks” to make the task easier. Spontaneous strategy changes help them to do this, according to a study on learning behavior in children by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

Compared to adults, children are not yet able to concentrate as well, remember less and their attention span is relatively short. This is due to the stage of cognitive development. As a result—so far assumed—they have a disadvantage when solving tasks. However, a study by the Max Planck Research Group “NeuroCode—Neural and Computational Basis of Learning, Memory and Decision Making” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development now shows that the broader attentional focus can also prove to be an advantage: children are good at processing less relevant information and using it to spontaneously find new and creative strategies when solving tasks.

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