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EUI Interdisciplinary Experimental Working Group

Dates:
  • Thu 30 Nov 2017 16.00 - 17.15
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Daniel Schunk (University of Mainz)

“Primary School Students Benefit from Working Memory Training in Class: A Randomized Field Experiment”


Abstract: Cognitive and socio-emotional skills substantially affect important individual life outcomes such as health, educational attainment, life satisfaction, and labor market outcomes. Working memory capacity is a key determinant for a wide range of cognitive and socio-emotional skills. Based on a randomized field experiment with close to 600 first graders in Mainz/Germany we provide evidence on the causal effect of a five-week computer-based working memory training in the school context. We find substantial immediate and lasting (12 months) gains in working memory capacity; we further find far-transfer effects on certain outcomes with an increasing pattern over time. Far-transfer effects are mediated by training-related improvement in working memory capacity.

Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana

Daniel Schunk (University of Mainz)

“Primary School Students Benefit from Working Memory Training in Class: A Randomized Field Experiment”


Abstract: Cognitive and socio-emotional skills substantially affect important individual life outcomes such as health, educational attainment, life satisfaction, and labor market outcomes. Working memory capacity is a key determinant for a wide range of cognitive and socio-emotional skills. Based on a randomized field experiment with close to 600 first graders in Mainz/Germany we provide evidence on the causal effect of a five-week computer-based working memory training in the school context. We find substantial immediate and lasting (12 months) gains in working memory capacity; we further find far-transfer effects on certain outcomes with an increasing pattern over time. Far-transfer effects are mediated by training-related improvement in working memory capacity.


Location:
Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Department of Economics

Type:
Working group

Contact:
Jennifer Rose Dari (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Klarita Gërxhani (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Prof. Michèle Belot ((EUI - Department of Economics))
 
 

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