A recent study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore said that there are people who are born for good or just not good at math, because math skills associated with congenital factor of ‘number sense’ or sensitivity to the numbers.
Generally ‘number sense’ is shared by all animals including humans. In humans this ability is used to estimate how many people or seats, while the animal is used to track how much food was collected.
“The relationship between the ‘number sense’ and one’s mathematical ability is an important thing,” said researcher Melissa Libertus, as quoted from Healthland.Time.
In this study, researchers enrolled 200 children with a median age of 4 years. These children are given a number of tests to determine the ability of mathematical skills numbering, numbers, numeracy and other skills.
For example children are asked to count the number of blue and yellow dots on a computer screen and find out where the most point, then these children are also asked to determine which number greater or smaller.
The results have been published in the journal Developmental Science shows that children who get a high score in calculating the points also have the maximum results in other math exam.
This suggests that there are some mathematical skills that may be associated with the ‘number sense’ owned by a person from birth. Yet researchers do not yet know with certainty the relationship occurred.
Libertus and colleagues hope that these results could be a jump point for a deeper look into whether specific training can increase the ‘number sense’ possessed kids so they can improve math skills.
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