Zapping the brain does not always work

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We have talked before about the weak electrical currents that get brought to sections of the brain and help with cognitive functions. New research shows it does not work in all cases and we need to get a lot more specific information before this becomes a viable option.

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The largest neuroimaging dataset on math development

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Good news that data set is now being made available by Vanderbilt University neuroscientist James R. Booth The goal is to support the work of other researchers across the world who are working to understand how arithmetic skills develop in childhood.

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This is what you need to do in the first years of school

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A new study shows that a non-symbolic number comparison task had a significant value in the prediction of the Math competency level pointing to the need to take these kinds of tasks into account in the first years of school.

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There is no difference in gray matter

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Some detailed research with adults who have dyslexia, dyscalculia or both and they looked at differences in size or surface of the gray matter. Well the conclusion is that there is no difference we can find. This is different from other research, therefor interesting for the development of therapies.

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Keep it down please

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Researchers measured the brain activity of adults and children ages 6 to 9 as they listened to four recorded stories, each with different levels and kinds of background noise, either other people talking or just general sounds. Children were significantly worse at distinguishing syllables generally, and they struggled much more than adults to follow the speaker as noise increased from other voices in the background.

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New surprising research

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Read up on this surprising piece of research:

Thirty-one 8- and 9-year-old children selected for dyscalculia, reading difficulties or both, were compared to controls on a range of basic number processing tasks. Children with dyscalculia only had impaired performance on the tasks despite high-average performance on tests of IQ, vocabulary and working memory tasks. Children with reading disability were mildly impaired only on tasks that involved articulation, while children with both disorders showed a pattern of numerical disability simikir to that of the dyscalculic group, with no special features consequent on their reading or language deficits. We conclude that dyscalculia is the result of specific disabilities in basic numerical processing, rather than the consequence of deficits in other cognitive abilities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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Careful webdesign for dyscalculia

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This research proposes an integrated learning platform using website that offers learning materials specific for dyscalculia children. The development methodology takes into account understanding the brain process in effort to help the children to overcome their disabilities. Evaluation results showed positive feedback among the users and will be continuously improved to ensure they have equal opportunities in learning.

Waiting eagerly for the site to go live.

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Careful with screen time for the toddler

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In this cohort study of early childhood development in 2441 mothers and children, higher levels of screen time in children aged 24 and 36 months were associated with poor performance on a screening measure assessing children’s achievement of development milestones at 36 and 60 months, respectively. The obverse association (ie, poor developmental performance to increased screen time) was not observed.

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Bad and worse news for Dyscalculia

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Just read this morning the bad news we all knew:
research shows that children with dyslexia are more than a hundred times more likely to receive a diagnosis and educational support than children with dyscalculia. This is despite the fact that dyslexia and dyscalculia are expected to be equally common.

The worse news is that when finally a diagnosis has been made and the school is willing to provide Dyscalculia help, there are too few Dyscalculia tutors to go around.

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Girls and Boys react different to math anxiety

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A new study shows that although boys and girls showed more or less equal levels of math anxiety and performed similarly at the arithmetic task, correlation analyses showed that only in girls, math anxiety significantly correlated with math performance. Analyses investigating if math anxiety moderated the effect of gender and grade on math performance revealed significant differences between boys and girls. Higher levels of math anxiety only significantly and negatively moderated math performance in girls, with the greatest effect observed in 2nd grade girls.

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Research improves learning for pre schoolers

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Interesting research into the mathematical abilities of people with Williams syndrome, Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Language Disorder has led to finding a more effective way to teach mathematical abilities to pre-schoolers.

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Learning disability or personality?

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There are a lot of reasons kids may not grasp certain subjects in school. The cause could be a specific learning disorder, like dyslexia in reading or dyscalculia in math. But, what if it may also all boil down to their personality?

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It’s the numbersense!

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Interesting research to find out if a failing numbersense system is the cause that Dyscalculics have trouble assessing the right quantities when size is varied or if it is a general problem with not being able to discard irrelevant information.

The researchers confirmed, it is probably the numbersense system so that means that looking at non numerical clues may help to cope with a less precise numbersense system.

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Brain sync

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When infants are playing with objects, their early attempts to pay attention to things are accompanied by bursts of high-frequency activity in their brain. But what happens when parents play together with them? New research, publishing December 13 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, by Dr. Sam Wass of the University of East London in collaboration with Dr. Victoria Leong (Cambridge University and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and colleagues, shows for the first time that when adults are engaged in joint play together with their infant, their own brains show similar bursts of high-frequency activity. Intriguingly, these bursts of activity are linked to their baby’s attention patterns and not their own.

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Digging into the Approximate number system

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Researchers assessed the relation between 4-year-old children’s performance on a non-symbolic numerical comparison task, a non-symbolic approximate addition task, and a standardized symbolic math assessment. Our results indicate that ANS acuity and ANS manipulability each contribute unique variance to preschooler’s early math achievement, and this result holds after controlling for both IQ and executive functions. These findings suggest that there are multiple routes by which the ANS influences math achievement. Therefore, interventions that target both the precision and manipulability of the ANS may prove to be more beneficial for improving symbolic math skills compared to interventions that target only one of these factors.

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Dyscalculia Podcast

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Listen to the interesting podcast in the link for today where Dr Ansari talks with the people from ADDitude magazine about the question: ” Is it Math Anxiety or a Learning Disability?”

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Dispelling Myths about Mathematics

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Please read this wonderful collection of recent research that is brought together by Jo Boaler and has great information that will help to dispel some common myths about mathematics.

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Dyscalculia and Music

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how can design increase access and reduce friction for the widest number of people?

That was the challenge for the designers entering the contest. Eventually the team won with this project:

Dyscalculia impacts our ability to understand numbers, keep a schedule, tell time, and even be able to judge how far away an object is. Music and categorization exercises tend to help those with dyscalculia improve their skills. With this in mind, the team created a tool to help people with dyscalculia learn how to play music: a projection-mapping application that displays color on a piano keyboard and corresponding colors on digital sheet music.

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Brain Traffic

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Some brain cells fire mainly for quantities of three, others for quantities of four and others for other quantities, a new study from researchers at the Universities of Bonn and Tübingen indicates.

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Dyscalculia defined

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The British Dyslexia Association Dyscalculia and Maths Difficulties Committee has been working on a definition of dyscalculia that can be easily accessible for everyone. This definition states:

Developmental Dyscalculia

Developmental Dyscalculia is a specific and persistent difficulty in understanding arithmetic and basic number sense. It may also affect retrieval of number facts and key procedures, fluent calculation, and interpreting numerical information. It is diverse in character and occurs across all ages and abilities. Dyscalculia is an unexpected difficulty in Maths that cannot be explained by external factors.

Mathematics difficulties are best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, with dyscalculia at the extreme end of this continuum. It should be expected that Developmental Dyscalculia will be distinguishable from general mathematical difficulties due to the severity of difficulties with symbolic and non-symbolic magnitude, number sense and subitising.

Developmental Dyscalculia can often co-occur with other specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Where is that brain capacity to do tricky math?

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Check out the article in the link for today, research tell us that high-level mathematical expertise and basic number sense share common roots in a nonlinguistic brain circuit.

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fMRI by the thousands

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Read up on the research done by James R. Booth:

Booth is currently researching the root causes of dyscalculia, a lesser-known and lesser-understood disorder in which affected people struggle with number-related concepts, and at using symbols and functions needed to succeed in mathematics.

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