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Brain Scans Better Forecast Math Learning in Kids than do Skill Tests, Study Finds

August 26, 2015

Gray matter volume and connections between several brain regions better forecast 8-year-olds' acquisition of math skills than their performance on standard math tests. Brain scans from 8-year-old children can predict gains in their mathematical ability over the next six years, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The research tracked 43 children longitudinally for six years, starting at age 8, and showed that while brain characteristics strongly indicated which children would be the best math learners over the following six years, the children's performance on math, reading, IQ and memory tests at age 8 did not. To read more, click here

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