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As educators and parents look for ways to identify and nurture creativity early in a child's life, they may want to pay particular attention to spatial skills. Douglas Quenqua reports for the New York Times on a new study out of Vanderbilt University that shows intellectually children with strong spatial skills were more successful in careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

"Evidence has been mounting over several decades that spatial ability gives us something that we don’t capture with traditional measures used in educational selection," said David Lubinski, the lead author of the study and a psychologist at Vanderbilt. "We could be losing some modern-day Edisons and Fords."

A gift for spatial reasoning - the kind that may inspire an imaginative child to dismantle a clock or the family refrigerator - may be a greater predictor of future creativity or innovation than math or verbal skills, particularly in math, science and related fields, according to a study published Monday in the journal Psychological Science.

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