Math ability predicted by neurotransmitter levels

Sep 7, 2021 by

Researchers have discovered that a person’s math ability might be linked to levels of two chemical messengers in the brain: glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Oddly enough, the correlations were reversed in adults (lower GABA and higher glutamate =...

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Neuroimaging reveals mental stages as students do math

Sep 16, 2016 by

A Carnegie Mellon University study used fMRIs to identify patterns of brain activity that correspond with four distinct stages of problem solving....

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Inborn deficit adds to dyscalculia

Jul 14, 2014 by

Researchers in Austria have discovered that an inborn deficit causes kids with dyscalculia (trouble with math) to have an imprecise representation of numbers....

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Dyscalculia may sometimes be due to biology

Sep 14, 2013 by

Research out of Austria suggests that dyscalculia may sometimes be due to biology; in other words, they are born with a deficit that causes them to have an “imprecise internal representation of numbers.”...

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Scientists find the spot in the brain that activates with numerals...

Apr 19, 2013 by

Stanford University School of Medicine researchers figured out the exact spot in the brain (about 1/5″ across!) gets activated when we look at ordinary numerals (like 3 or 52). The activity declines when people are shown numbers that are...

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Math anxiety may cause physical pain

Nov 4, 2012 by

People who are anxious about math may experience physical pain and “instinctive risk detection.” That’s because math anxiety triggers regions of the brain associated with pain. In one study, these results were found on adults, so it’s not just...

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