– According to scientists from Duke University in North Carolina, brain tests performed on three-year-old children can predict their future chance of success at school and in life. Poor test scores in some abilities, like language skills, is correlated to less developed brains, what seem to be the consequence of lack of stimulation during the early years. Those results highlight the determining importance of early experiences and the need to support the most vulnerable children.
– The study showed that a similar number of middle class children of the same age who had poor tests results also ended up having difficulties later on. “The earlier children receive support the better,” said Professor Terrie Moffitt, from Duke University and co-leader of the study. “That is because if a child is sent off on the wrong foot at three and not ready for school they fall further and further behind in a snowball effect that makes them unprepared for adult life”.
Cognitive tests (BBC)