Do Sparse Classrooms Help Kids Learn?

Do Sparse Classrooms Help Kids Learn?

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Tara Bellucci
May 28, 2014
(Image credit: Carnegie Mellon University)

All those colorful maps and posters adorning your kid's classroom is supposed to help them learn, right? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon suggest it does the opposite. Testing kindergarteners after lessons in both sparse and decorated rooms, the psychologists found that visual stimulation that's irrelevant to on-going instruction can distract kids.

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