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Programmer's Brain : Felienne Hermans , learning and age differences

 
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Hi Felienne,

Glad to know about your podcast. I have many questions about your book.

Does your book discuss cognitive changes that come with aging and how those changes can impact technical learning ?  

What was the age range of the study subjects you used for this book ?

Did you have a balance of men / women in the study?

Were there markers such as how fast teen and young adult programmers pick up new languages versus middle age and older programmers (+60) learning new languages ?

Are your methods helpful to all age programmers ?

Are there different methods based on brain development ( i.e. for pre-teens or early teens still growing)?

Have you studied programmers who have issues like dyslexia ?

Thank you, Margaret.
 
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Lovely questions Margaret!

* Does your book discuss cognitive changes that come with aging and how those changes can impact technical learning ?  

Not specifically, although we talk a lot about how to learn new languages and how to approach that (which is more likely to happen later in life)

* What was the age range of the study subjects you used for this book ? & Did you have a balance of men / women in the study?

We cover many studies in the book, both my own and those by other researchers. Most are done on adults but we have a few on kids too (kids are my own area of expertise most)

Were there markers such as how fast teen and young adult programmers pick up new languages versus middle age and older programmers (+60) learning new languages ?

* Are your methods helpful to all age programmers ?

Yes! The book explains that learning as a kid is not so different form learning as an adult.

* Are there different methods based on brain development ( i.e. for pre-teens or early teens still growing)?

See above, they're not so different.

* Have you studied programmers who have issues like dyslexia ?

No but it woulld be a great topic to dive into!
 
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margaret gillon wrote:. . . Have you studied programmers who have issues like dyslexia ? . . .

There was an article in the newspaper today about how people with difficulty spelling can be an asset; they can often see the whole of a puzzle. I know one girl (she isn't a girl any more) who could see anagrams in word puzzles much faster than anybody else. Bad spelling often goes with a great deal of imagination and creativity, and the article went on to accuse the education system of failing such people.
Kate Griggs, The Times, London: 30th April 2021, page 22. The bit about puzzles also appears in the same newspaper, page 14.
 
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