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Cognitive functions are typically assessed with psychometric tests in a single test session. Usually this type of assessment does not provide direct information about an individual's learning potential given suitable instructional and social settings; it may provide this information only indirectly via predictive correlations with external criteria. Such predictability, however, is difficult to obtain because static measurements are influenced by numerous other factors such as specific school education, experience with test taking, or disruptive and supportive conditions in the individual's social setting. ‘Cognitive plasticity assessment’ represents alternative concepts to such state-oriented measurement. They directly assess the change in performance in response to educational practices or theory-guided cognitive interventions. We describe three approaches to cognitive plasticity assessment (Learning Potential Assessment, Learning Tests, and Cognitive Engineering) to ...

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