Researchers at New York's University of Rochester looking into development of the brain have found that children's whose brains act similar to those of adults were more likely to develop superior intellectual abilities.
The researchers conducted brain scans of 27 children, aged between 4 and 11 years, and compared them with those of 20 adults as they watched 20-minute videos of Sesame Street.
The researchers found that children whose brains acted similar to adults scored better marks in verbal and math tests. The study has been published in the journal PLOS Biology.
"It's a step in the direction toward understanding what typical brain development looks like and predicting what might be going wrong. But this is the first study to use the method as a tool for understanding development", lead researcher Jessica Cantlon said.