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Cognitve Psychology :: 08. 03. 2016 ::
:: The Relationship between Childhood Events and Adult Problem Solving Skills
  Michael Dimambro
University of Worcester
  This study is concerned with the how an individual’s childhood affects their ability to problem solve as adults. Previous studies have found a link between an unstable childhood and a reduced performance in problem solving, however, a more recent study (Mittal et al., 2015) has found a link that suggests that an unstable childhood, although reducing performance on most aspects of problem solving skills can actually make the person improve on a specific type of problem solving– i.e cognitive shifting, which is the ability to switch between different mental tasks. This result was only found when these individuals were in unstable environments. Therefore, this study is exploring whether a link exists between an unstable childhood and various aspects of problem solving skills.