The consequences of dyscalculia are just as severe as from dyslexia

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Brain Butterworth tweeted:

UK govt report, Mental Capital and Wellbeing: “Developmental dyscalculia is currently the poor relation of dyslexia, with a much lower public profile. But the consequences of dyscalculia are at least as severe as those for dyslexia.” Summarised in Beddington & al, Nature, 2008

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Failure helps learning

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New research from the University of Arizona discovered something about the link between learning and failure. To begin with, it’s already known that you’re not learning if you’re succeeding 100% of the time – that means the task is too easy. A little bit of failure means that something is just hard enough. (If you’re always failing, you may be in over your head).

Researchers found a precise answer to the link between learning and failure: the most favorable spot for learning something new is when you’re failing about 15% of the time.

Or in other words, you’re getting it right 85% of the time.

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No difference between boys and girls

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At least not in their brains when they do math, according to a new study. However once you get to higher math intense subjects, boys seem to outnumber girls 3 to 1 in those fields. With no difference in the brains, you would think the way we work with them may explain that later difference.

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New research on Adults with Dyscalculia

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A new study focused on how well adults with developmental dyscalculia can recognize patterns. It showed that adults with developmental dyscalculia have a deficit in their ability to recognize model independent patterns.

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Short term numerosity training

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Data from this brand new study results suggest that short‐term numerosity training enhances the arithmetic performance of DD children by improving their visual form perception.

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Straight A’s does not mean they actually learn the most

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Another great article from the Stanford Mathematics outreach project where they look carefully at what the learning for people who get straight A’s actually is.

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About learning styles

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See what Daniel Ansari has to say about it.

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How structured the human brain is from birth

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While work is done teaching artificial neural networks with massive algorithms and supervised teaching, the research suggests that learning by both animal and humans comes with a highly structured brain that for humans already has the skills for math and language

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Executive function and Math

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The EF+Math Program is a new initiative to fund bold approaches through inclusive discovery and development to dramatically increase math outcomes for students in grades 3-8. They focus on students who have been traditionally underserved.

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Encoding of numerosity

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From Italy comes a new piece of research that tackles the numerosity and more specific the encoding and how that actually works. Great read, although you need to have access to science.com to read the whole article

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Formal math instruction cross cultural

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A great study titled “The effects of formal math instruction on arithmetic strategy use: A cross-cultural study” done by

There are differences in the approaches educators use to teach arithmetic in Flanders (Belgium) and Canada. Where in Flanders, there is a discouragement of counting and an encouragement of becoming fluent in arithmetic very early on, the math curriculum in Canada allows for a variety of strategies children can use when they are solving arithmetic problems, including procedural strategie

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Music for your brain

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A two-year study by researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception.

Who knows how this will affect their math.

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Overview and causes of Dyscalculia

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Great overview in our link for today and a good piece on the ongoing debate about causes of Dyscalculia:

Both domain-general and domain-specific causes have been put forth. With respect to pure developmental dyscalculia, domain-general causes are unlikely as they should not impair one’s ability in the numerical domain without also affecting other domains such as reading. 
Two competing domain-specific hypotheses about the causes of developmental dyscalculia have been proposed – the magnitude representation (or number module deficit hypothesis) and the access deficit hypothesis.

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Women and Math

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Great article from the FT about how there is a difference between men and women when it gets to being confident dealing with numbers. The research was done in the UK to mark the second UK National Numeracy Day.

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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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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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