Wednesday, 18 Nov, 2009 Science
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Modern Development Influences Children's Intellectual Development, Scientists Say

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Scientists from the University of California, Riverside and Pitzer College discovered that modern development has a strong influence on children's intellectual development.

Mary Gauvain of UCR and Robert Munroe of Pitzer College published their study in the journal entitled Child Development. The scientists used information gathered from the late 1970s in order to study about 200 children aged between 3 and 9, living in Belize, Kenya, Nepal and American Samoa.

In their study, entitled Contributions of Societal Modernity to Cognitive Development: A Comparison of Four Cultures, researchers analyzed how cultural changes linked with modernization were related to intellectual development of children, reports Physorg. Basically, they studied the effects of such technologies like writing tablets, electricity, home-based water supply, television and transportation on children's cognitive development.

It was discovered that children living in households with a lot of modern technologies showed better test results and got involved in more complex play activities. At the same time they spent less time doing household chores and taking care of infants.

"Better understanding of how intellectual development is shaped and directed by the forces of modernization can give us insights into the psychological consequences of globalization," said Gauvain, professor of psychology.

Together with Munroe, Gauvain investigated the role of the Flynn effect, which states that children's performance registered a considerable intellectual improvement as a result of modernization.

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