By Not Paying Attention, Kids May Notice What Adults Miss

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New research shows that although adults can beat children at most cognitive tasks, children’s attention limitations can sometimes be their strength. Thus, children’s difficulty in focusing attention on a specific topic may also be a benefit as their curiosity and inquisitive nature may help them see more of the big picture than adults. For the research, Ohio State investigators performed two studies that found adults were very good at remembering information they were told to focus on, and ignoring the rest. In contrast, four to five year-olds tended to pay…

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