Navigation Links
Trouble With Math? Blame Your Lack of 'Numbers Sense'
Date:9/14/2011

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Some children are born with natural math ability, while others aren't, a new study contends.

Johns Hopkins University researchers tested the "number sense" of 200 preschool children whose average age was 4.

The tests included having the kids look at groups of blue and yellow dots flashed onto a computer screen and guess which group had more dots.

Kids were also tested on their math abilities, such as counting out loud and solving addition problems.

Children who were the best at the "numbers sense" tests also tended to be better at the math skills tests. Because the kids had not had yet formal math instruction, researchers concluded that math ability in preschool children is strongly associated with their inborn "number sense."

Number sense is basic to many animals. For example, creatures that hunt and gather food use it to calculate where they can find the most food. People use it daily to estimate such things as the number of people in a meeting or the number of available seats in a theater, the study authors explained.

Previous research already established a link between number sense and math ability in adolescents.

"The relationship between 'number sense' and math ability is important and intriguing because we believe that 'number sense' is universal, whereas math ability has been thought to be highly dependent on culture and language and takes many years to learn," study leader Melissa Libertus, a post-doctoral fellow in the department of psychological and brain sciences, said in a university news release.

"Thus, a link between the two is surprising and raises many important questions and issues, including one of the most important ones, which is whether we can train a child's number sense with an eye to improving his future math ability."

The study was published online in a recent issue of the journal Developmental Science.

More information

The Ontario Ministry of Education outlines how parents can help their children learn math.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins University, news release, August 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. New Website Provides Counselors with Instant Help for Troubled Kids
2. Genetic Risk Score Doesnt Spot Heart Trouble in Women
3. Trouble Recognizing Faces Could Be Genetic
4. Many WTC Responders Show Signs of Heart Trouble
5. Allergy-Linked Mouth Breathing Spells Trouble for Kids
6. Heavier Birth Weight Tied to Later Conduct Troubles
7. New Hope for the Sleepless: RealSleep Uses Sound To Help Troubled Sleepers Go To Sleep Faster and Stay Asleep Longer
8. Statin Use Tied to Eye, Kidney, Liver Troubles
9. Those with allergic asthma face double trouble during flu season, UT Southwestern findings suggest
10. Youth clubs strengthen kids self image to keep them out of trouble
11. Higher Testosterone Tied to Heart Trouble in Older Men
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... Viejo, California (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... to fit their specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. ... fully customizable and all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method ... —Johnson is one of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent ... that most people are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state that individuals ... also many of these less common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was ... his family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” ... He would throw rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Dr. ... accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, ... and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... the "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or ... protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016 Dehaier Medical Systems Ltd. ... which develops, markets and sells medical devices and wearable ... signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Hongyuan Supply Chain ... Chain") on June 20, 2016, to develop Dehaier,s new ... cooperation agreement, Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan Supply Chain,s sales ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... to their offering. ... World Market for Companion Diagnostics covers the world market for ... report includes the following: , World IVD ... (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 , World IVD Companion ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: