Build a Tower? No Problem for a 3-Year-Old
A child's brain begins early to develop the abilities to perform complicated tasks that are predictors of healthy and productive adulthood, says USC neuroscientist Dr. Pat Levitt. One particular skill set is called executive functioning, which we use all the time to solve daily problems in school, at work and at home. This skill set is comprised of controlling first impulses and emotions, reappraising a situation to find a new solution, and remembering relevant facts to accomplish the task. Think of executive functioning as your very own air traffic controller in the brain, which continues to develop from early childhood into our 20s and 30s. In this remarkable video, a 3-year-old boy demonstrates the key ingredients of executive functioning by solving the Montessori "Pink Tower."