Programming the code to success? Can we improve our cognitive abilities by learning to program?

Programming the code to success? Can we improve our cognitive abilities by learning to program?

Computer coding is a fast-growing field that has reached more and more areas of our lives at work, educational institutes, and our homes. As a result, studies to understand the underlying mechanisms of code comprehension and learning of computer coding have given some insight into the question: Is computer coding an independent skill, or can we use the skills we develop when learning in other areas of our life?

Previous research by Liu et al. (2020), Ivanova et al. (2020) indicate that specific brain areas that are responsible for logical thinking are involved in the accusation and comprehension of coding language rather than only working memory and  language-related areas. Here is where our research seeks to find more information by asking the question: “Does the learning of programming languages influence the analytical thinking?”

 We attempt to find the answer to the question of the impact of coding on analytical thinking by creating text comprehension tasks which consists of reading a recipe that is formatted in one of two ways normal text format or in an indention layout similar to computer coding languages. After reading the participants were asked to answer analytical (the answer is at a specific point within the text) or holistic questions (the answer consists of the sum of the elements in the task). 

In analytical tasks as well as task with ‘indention layout’ the people with coding background were expected to be faster due to an improvement in their analytical thinking speed.

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