What would be the most effective way to develop skills to be able to simplify complex information?
The cognitive skill that is mostly used for tasks that involve simplicity and complexity is cognitive processing speed. As a measure of cognitive proficiency, processing speed entails the use of all cognitive resources to recognize, perform, and complete a task. People who perform with this noted ability are often referred to as "fast thinkers".
Research in the field of gifted education shows that these "fast thinkers" are individuals who:
- look for, and identify patterns in order to
- make connections
- revert to their schema (activate their prior knowledge)
- synthesize information
- skim and scan for relevant facts
- organize and categorize data
- select from a variety of strategies, often even working backwards
Far from a merely gifted skill, cognitive speed processing can actually be increased in all individuals. From a Vygotskian perspective, the best way to increase cognitive processing is by making a habit of working at a zone of proximal development (ZPD). This means to...
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