Studying for the LSAT actually changes the microscopic structure of the brain, physically strengthening connections between brain areas key to reasoning.
“A lot of people still believe that you are either smart or you are not, and sure, you can practice for a test, but you are not fundamentally changing your brain,” says senior author Silvia Bunge, associate professor in the department of psychology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at University of California, Berkeley.
“Our research provides a more positive message. How you perform on one of these tests is not necessarily predictive of your future success, it merely reflects your prior history of cognitive engagement, and potentially how prepared you are at this time to enter a graduate program or a law school, as opposed to how prepared you could ever be.”
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