the Neurodevelopment Of Reasoning Ability


The Neurodevelopment Of Reasoning Ability study (better known as NORA) is a long-term study of the behavioral and neurological development of fluid reasoning in children ages 6 to 18. Fluid reasoning is the ability to think logically and apply old knowledge to new situations, and is thought to be a key part of intelligence, a necessary ability to acquire information, and a rather accurate predictor of academic success. And while much research has been done on fluid reasoning itself, there is still a pretty large knowledge gap when it comes to the neural correlates associated with this ability.

In steps NORA... We plan to enroll over 300 children over the course of 5 years to participate in this ground breaking study. The children will be invited to come to our lab at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley to complete a battery of cognitive tests and then participate in a fMRI scan during which time they will play a game we specially designed to test fluid reasoning ability. Many children will be invited back a few more times over the course of the study to help us better understand the developmental trajectory of fluid reasoning in even that one child!

As a thank you for your time and commitment to this exciting research, we will be able to provide you with the results of your child’s tests and a monetary compensation which factors in travel time. And your child will receive plenty of little toys and goodies, along with a few pictures of his or her brain! But none of this compares to the behind-the-scenes look at scientific research for your child, or the chance to let him/her say they contributed to the growing field of neuroscience.


Frontiers Figure
Fluid reasoning and the developing brain
Ferrer E, O’Hare ED, Bunge SA
2009, Frontiers in Neuroscience