J Behav Educ https://doi.org/10.1007/s10864-018-9302-2 ORIGINAL PAPER Can SMART Training Really Increase Intelligence? A Replication Study 1 2 1 1 Dylan Colbert · Ian Tyndall · Bryan Roche · Sarah Cassidy © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract 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-min 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. Keywords Strengthening mental abilities with relational training · Relational frame theory · Derived relational responding · Intelligence · Educational intervention Introduction Training interventions designed to improve intellectual function have been
Journal of Behavioral Education – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 6, 2018
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