New study points at Brain hubs

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The researchers discovered that children with poorly connected brain hubs had severe and widespread cognitive impairments, and those with well-connected brain hubs either had no cognitive issues or had select cognitive deficits. The findings emphasize the importance of focusing on the areas of cognitive issues when it comes to targeted interventions and less on the diagnostic classification itself—opening the door for novel therapeutics that target the connectivity of the brain’s hub in the future.

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visual crowding effects in developmental dyscalculia

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New research suggests that excessive crowding effects might be a characteristic of DD, independent of other associated neurodevelopmental disorders. Visual crowding refers to the inability to identify objects when surrounded by other similar items.

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Early math just as important as early reading

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“Early math skills have the greatest predictive power, followed by reading and then attention skills,” reports a psychology squad led by Greg J. Duncan, in School readiness and later achievement, published in Developmental Psychology in 2007. Follow-up studies continue to confirm the importance of early math skills. The more math-oriented activities kids do before kindergarten, the better they’ll understand math in school. Early math skills foretell higher aptitude in high school math and higher rates of college enrollment. And a 2014 Vanderbilt study determined that for “both males and females, mathematical precocity early in life predicts later creative contributions and leadership in critical occupational roles.”

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ANS not a good predictor of math achievement

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New research with a large sample size has now confirmed that ANS tasks are not suitable as measures of math development in school‐age populations.  The researchers studied other cognitive functions that can replace this as a good measure for Math development in school-age populations, read the article in our link for today to find out what they are.

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Bad connections cause Dyscalculia

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The debate about what causes learning disabilities is that the conditions are either caused by brain regions that do not function well or the connections are not good between the regions.

Here is new research from Cambridge UK that points at the poor connections being the cause of learning disabilities.

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Junkfood bad for brains

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Eating food that is high in salt, fats and added sugars could harm your cognitive abilities.

That’s one of the headline findings from a research experiment that monitored the harm done by a diet high in saturated fats, salt, and sucrose – referred to as the Western-style diet.

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Does vision cause Dyscalculia?

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A group researchers from Norway has now developed a theory that, like Dyslexia, Dyscalculia also can be impacted or caused by vision problems. A new app can make it easier to investigate the issue. It can help to determine if someone is struggling with visual processing associated with rapid changes in their surroundings.

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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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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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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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