Brain stimulation can help everyone to maths

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Arithmetic and mathematics: you are just good or not. You can even practice as much, without laying miss the insight. The science is now coming up with a solution to this problem: brain stimulation.

Obviously a real maths does not exist, but there is a place in the brains known for his influence on our mathematical ability. A place that simple and painless brain stimulation works better.


“With only five days cognitive training and brain stimulation we were able to make changes in cognitive and brain functions, lasting improvements” said Roi Cohen Kadosh of the University of Oxford. The study participants were still better count after six months. How it works exactly? That even the researchers do not really know. Nobody, With a new method of brain stimulation, transcranial random noise stimulation (TRNS) they stimulated the brains electrical vibrations. “The results suggest that the brain TRNS enables it to work more efficiently by the brain cells more synchronous firing signals,” the researchers say in their paper in Current Biology. That brain stimulation and not the training makes the difference is when a group that only received less training performed well after six months.


It … it seems that pigeons can count?

Mental arithmetic

Earlier, the same researchers even found a way people could complete. Simple arithmetic better This happened with another method of brain stimulation, namely transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) in which a current pulse brain cells constantly help perk or weakens. Results of this study was that the participants better new figures could remember. However, the new method is more striking results for the participants themselves: they notice better that it really works. It takes much more to numeracy: from the head count by addition, subtraction or multiplication to a series of numbers. Participants could do this faster. It’s not only learn new figures as in the previous method, but a more complex and challenging task that about twenty percent of people have trouble.

Cognitive potential

“With better integration of neuroscience and education can help people examine if their cognitive potential – and maybe more – to reach the area of ​​mathematics,” says Cohen Kadosh. And if this is possible, other cognitive functions in the brain actually ‘simpler’ than rely perhaps be improved.d1

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