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Not exactly the same but many years ago I did a small experiment: I gave a few relatively easy logical puzzles to my family (including my grandmother who only finished elementary school) and to friends studying CS and math. In general, my family solved the puzzles faster and making very basic (but useful) representations that my friends who followed more formal thinking.

Obviously I can't extrapolate or make big assumptions about this tiny experiment but I underestimate my family members capabilities. Also, it is obvious that on complex areas of study it's very difficult to came up with a solution if you are a novice.

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