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Penn research shows that suppressing the brain's 'filter' can improve performance in creative tasks
Date:3/14/2013

tex," Thompson-Schill said, "so we started considering whether this might not be an unfortunate accident of nature but rather a feature of our species' developmental path.

The slow development of the prefrontal cortex is one reason children fail at many attention-based tasks but excel at imaginative ones. It may also aid children in rapidly acquiring new knowledge.

"There are things that are important to not filter, in particular when you are learning," Thompson-Schill said. "If you throw out information about your environment as being irrelevant, you miss opportunities to learn about those things."


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