The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Department of Child and Family Studies professor Julia Jaekel tests academic achievement and attention with a raisin. The test, administered at age 8, evaluates whether or not preterm toddlers can inhibit their behavior and how well they perform in school. By placing a raisin under an opaque cup, the children were asked to wait 60 seconds before eating the raisin. The results indicate a relationship between gestational age and inhibitory control.
Read more about Jaekel’s joint study including researchers from the Universities of Warwick and Brighton in the UK and the results of the study in this Tennessee Today article.