Why Do Some Kids Grasp Math Easily While Others Struggle?

Jun 1, 2023 | Hoboken

Ever wondered why some children effortlessly solve math problems while others struggle? The answer lies deep within the brain, specifically in the hippocampus.

The hippocampus, nestled in the temporal lobe, plays a pivotal role in learning and memory. But how does it influence a child's aptitude for math?

Stanford University School of Medicine researchers discovered that as children embark on mental math, the brain restructures to harness the power of the hippocampus, its short-term memory center.

Interestingly, the study also highlighted that kids transitioning from procedural methods (like counting fingers) to memory retrieval strategies exhibit a pronounced boost in problem-solving abilities.

As Mann Koepke from the NIH, who funded the study, puts it: "Children whose brains can effortlessly tackle simple math free up memory space for new concepts, giving them an early and rapid advantage. This cognitive structure potentially sets them ahead of their peers."

Practice strengthens this mental math muscle. The more familiar children become with mathematical concepts, the easier these calculations become.

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