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Science Needs Kids With Vision

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Science  04 Sep 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5945, pp. 1190-1191
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_1190b

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Many of those with exceptional spatial abilities are being missed in most science talent searches, claims psychologist David Lubinski of Vanderbilt University. Lubinski, who put his case last week to the National Science Foundation's National Science Board at a workshop on innovation, says that despite their importance in science, particularly in fields such as engineering, robotics, or astronomy, spatial abilities are getting short shrift both in school curricula and in programs trying to spot precocious youths. He estimates that such programs overlook more than half of those with exceptional spatial abilities.