A new study released in the journal Current Biology, has found that the attention span of a child can be expanded when the parent and child experience joint-attention moments during play. The researchers Chen Yu and LB Smith, were surprised to discover that parents who were more active and engaged during play with their 1 year-old child, were able to have a real-time impact on the child's attention span. The study is novel as attention-span has always been viewed as an innate feature of an individual, something individualistic that you are born with. However, the results of the study suggest that it is possible to train children as young as one year old to increase their attention span.
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