Effects of the Cognitive Development Method on the Cognitive Development of 10- to 12-Year-old Children

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Year-Number: 2015-Volume 7, Issue 1

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We examined the effectiveness of the Cognitive Development Method, which was designed to solve various problems that may emerge from cognitive processing in daily life, in healthy children. The Cognitive Development Method is a cognitive-training program designed to improve the cognitive processing of participants. To this end, 201 healthy participants between 10 and 12 years of age were included in the research. Experimental and control groups were tested before and after experimental manipulation. Neuropsychological tests measuring cognitive processes such as memory, attention, problem solving, general ability, planning, and working memory were administered to the participants in both the experimental and the control groups before the experimental manipulation. Following these tests, 131 participants in the experimental group took part in the Cognitive Development Method for 30 days, 5 days a week, 45 minutes per day. Participants in the control group did not receive any training. At the next stage, the neuropsychological tests were again administered to the participants in both the experimental and the control groups. The final neuropsychological test averages of the participants in experimental group were higher than those of the participants in the control group. Multilateral MANOVA was applied to the data obtained from the research. The analyses demonstrated that the Cognitive Training Program affects the cognitive development of children positively.

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Abstract

We examined the effectiveness of the Cognitive Development Method, which was designed to solve various problems that may emerge from cognitive processing in daily life, in healthy children. The Cognitive Development Method is a cognitive-training program designed to improve the cognitive processing of participants. To this end, 201 healthy participants between 10 and 12 years of age were included in the research. Experimental and control groups were tested before and after experimental manipulation. Neuropsychological tests measuring cognitive processes such as memory, attention, problem solving, general ability, planning, and working memory were administered to the participants in both the experimental and the control groups before the experimental manipulation. Following these tests, 131 participants in the experimental group took part in the Cognitive Development Method for 30 days, 5 days a week, 45 minutes per day. Participants in the control group did not receive any training. At the next stage, the neuropsychological tests were again administered to the participants in both the experimental and the control groups. The final neuropsychological test averages of the participants in experimental group were higher than those of the participants in the control group. Multilateral MANOVA was applied to the data obtained from the research. The analyses demonstrated that the Cognitive Training Program affects the cognitive development of children positively.

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