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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make Dyscalculia understandable for kids

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The dysbuster blog shares a good article about the website frontiers for young minds, where all articles are written by pros but reviewed by kids for readability and understandability HERE is their contribution about dyscalculia.

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Research opportunity

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We are reposting a tweet below about participating in a research  project about research opportunity with on how dyscalculia and other impact students’ ability to be successful in math. The interview will take place between October 1-5, 2018. For more info email: mshah@microsoft.comdyscalculia:

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Research shows lack of Dyscalculia Awereness and screening

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Dr Kinga Morsanyi and the team from the School of Psychology studied the mathematics performance of 2,421 primary school children over a number of school years.

The researchers said they expected the number of pupils with dyscalculia to be similar to those with dyslexia, however from the children studied, 108 children had received an official diagnosis of dyslexia, but just one child had officially been diagnosed with dyscalculia.

Based on the results of the study, the researchers found 112 children who are likely to have the condition.

Dr Morsanyi said: “In society, there is sadly a widespread notion that you need a special talent to be good at maths, and that struggling with maths is normal for some people, but this is not the case and it’s not something we would accept if a pupil was unable to read.”

The study, which was funded by The Nuffield Foundation, found that in almost all cases children who appear to have dyscalculia are not being diagnosed.

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Parental involvement in Math education

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Research shows time and again that parental support and involvement is crucial with children’s math education. To ensure they understand that Math is not just something in class with the teacher but that you’ll use it in real life, parents play a role.

From the UK in the link for today a parental toolkit.

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Diagnose or not, that’s the question

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The website in the link for today is asking your input and story on whether or not to have a diagnose or not. Our view is clear, YES but participate and tell them your story.

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Using finger counting is not all bad

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See what Jo Boaler has to say about it:

Stopping students from using their fingers when they count could, according to the new brain research, be akin to halting their mathematical development. Fingers are probably one of our most useful visual aids, and the finger area of our brain is used well into adulthood. The need for and importance of finger perception could even be the reason that pianists, and other musicians, often display higher mathematical understanding than people who don’t learn a musical instrument.

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Screen all learning disabilities at once in half an hour?

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Doctors from Indian Academy for Pediatrics (IAP) have come up with Tamilnadu Dyslexia Screening Tool (TSDS), aquestionnaire, which they claim could help diagnose three types of learning difficulties – dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia – among children within half-an-hour.

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Memorization vs Automaticity

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We’ve all heard it before; kids don’t know their math facts! While this may be true for some students, what is more important than simply memorizing multiplication facts is building a conceptual understanding of what multiplication means, how to visualize multiplication and eventually, helping students to generate their own algorithms for multiplication BEFORE they encounter any standard algorithms.

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great news: Coffee and Math performance

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A new study led by the researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology not only highlights the hidden force of scent of coffee and the cognitive boost it may provide on analytical tasks, but also the expectation that students will perform better on those tasks.

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It’s all about the teacher

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It is not only that a teacher needs to be knowledge about math to do a good job. There is now also evidence that the way the teacher themselves feel about math has an impact on the children and how well they will do.

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That growth mindset really works.

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See the message from Jo Boaler about a study they did to prove that when teachers work on changing children’s mindset the kids DO make more progress than their control group. This is just another piece of evidence that teachers would do well to work on the mindset for great results.

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It is confirmed, dyscalculics have a order processing problem

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A brand new study has confirmed the hypothesis that individuals with dyscalculia have an order processing deficit. The ordering measures included both numerical and non-numerical ordering tasks, and ordering of both familiar and novel sequences was assessed.

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Is the growth mindset significant?

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Read how the debate flows about the improvements due to the growth mindset. All agree that improvements are made but although they are statistically significant, are they really important?

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Dyscalculia and Alzheimer’s

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Research into problems with mathematics in patients with Alzheimer’s

Dyscalculia is an early sign of AD. It should be included among the reliable clinical hallmarks for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. Identification of dyscalculic symptoms in these patients requires composite assessment procedure.

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Is it the one, or the other? Actually it is both

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Great research solving the problem of where Dyscalculia stems from. Is it a problem with non symbolic representation or with access to these representations? Well, spoiler alert, it is both.

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