Friday, August 16, 2013

The Brain and Math

Do you think your brain cannot do mathematics? Think again. By request I located the BBC news source that reported the brain appears to have “counting skills” built into it. Researchers studied a group of Australian Aboriginal children who did not know “words for numbers” because their languages lacked number words. Interestingly enough, these children did equally well in numeracy when compared with English-speaking children who lived in Melbourne. The study concluded that the human brain possesses a built-in ability to do mathematics even if the individual does not possess the language to express numbers in words.

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