A new book by Australian cognitive development researcher, Dr Richard Wiseman, has found that cognitive development skills can be learnt over a lifetime, but the best skills can only be learnt if they are nurtured and honed over a number of years.
Key points: Professor Wiseman says many adults can learn more than they can in their lifetime Dr Wiseman is a director of the Australian Centre for Mind and Brain, and author of The Brain That Can’t Stop: How Learning and Mind Work in Our Human Brain.
“Our research shows that we can learn cognitive skills in a lifetime and it can be taught,” Dr Wisemen said.
“If we learn to be more intelligent and we learn how to do better, we can do things like, for example, more work in school, be more effective in the workplace.”
He said it was important that teachers were aware of the range of different cognitive skills, including language, thinking and empathy, and that the skills were learned, nurtured, and honoured.
“It’s the right thing to do,” he said.
He has found children with ADHD and autism can learn much more than those with no diagnosis.
In a study, Dr Wisemaker studied children with both disorders, with the children with a diagnosis of autism, as well as children with either ADHD or an undiagnosed disorder.
The research showed that children with the two disorders learned the same amount of information over time, although children with only one disorder were able to learn more.
What is cognitive development?
“There are a number skills that children can learn over a short period of time,” Dr David McNeil, a psychologist at the University of Queensland, said.
Dr McNeil said learning to read was a good example of one skill.
If children are taught to read at an early age, they can benefit from it later on, when they need it, he said, but not until later in life.
Dr Wiseman said the best learning skills needed to be nurtured.
Children learn to read by playing with toys or reading stories, and can also play with books.
One way of teaching cognitive development is to have children read a story, or do something together.
A similar approach is to make a story out of words.
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Dr Wisemen is now looking into how cognitive development can be improved by using a novel technology, which he calls cognitive video, or cognitive video-based learning.
Cognitive video technology allows a child to watch an animation, which has been digitally manipulated to imitate an adult person speaking.
It is used by a teacher to help the child to understand language and social skills.
Using cognitive video technology, Dr McNeill said children could learn to understand complex concepts such as language, emotion, and social communication.
Video games can be a good tool, as children learn to play with other children.
Parents and teachers can also help by using cognitive video to reinforce skills.
Dr McNeil believes it could be possible to learn to learn and improve the way our brains work in a few short years.
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