Can SMART training really increase intelligence? A replication study

Colbert, Dylan, Tyndall, Ian, Roche, Bryan and Cassidy, Sarah (2018) Can SMART training really increase intelligence? A replication study. Journal of Behavioral Education. pp. 1-23. ISSN 1573-3513

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A burgeoning research stream supports the efficacy of a novel behavior-analytic intervention, known as SMART training, in raising general intelligence by training a set of crucial cognitive skills, referred to as relational skills. A sample of Irish secondary school students (n = 26) was divided into two IQ matched groups, with the experimental group receiving 12 weeks of SMART training delivered in bi-weekly 45-minute sessions. WASI IQ assessments were administered at baseline and follow-up to all participants by blind testers. For each of the three WASI IQ indices and the four IQ subtests, significant follow-up rises were found for the experimental group only. Analyses of variance indicated a significant effect of training on Verbal IQ, Matrix Reasoning and Vocabulary scores. Results lend further support for the efficacy of the SMART training program in enhancing intellectual skills.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Strengthening mental abilities with relational training, Relational Frame Theory, derived relational responding, Intelligence, Educational Intervention.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1050 Educational psychology
Divisions: Departments > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Ian Tyndall
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 13:07
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 00:10

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