The children who do better on a memory-testing task during toddler-hood are more likely to perform better in school later on - and therefore more likely to stay in school, the findings showed.

Researchers said early intervention by parents could help kids improve their memory.

The researchers explained that limiting screen time - video games, smartphones, tablets and television - that undermines cognitive control and takes time away from more enriching pursuits, can be a promising strategy for improving memory in children.

The study examined responses from 1,824 children at age two and a half, and then at three and a half.

That data was then compared to the school-related attitudes and results of these children when they hit grade seven.

The study was published in journal Intelligence.


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