Where your brain does math changes depending on age

According to new research from Stanford University Medical Center, your brain reorganizes itself as you age to do math from different regions.

Young children: When learning basic arithmetic, young kids (say, under 8) start by counting on their fingers

Around 8 years old: They start to shift from counting on their fingers to pulling math facts from memory. The hippocampus (which shapes new memories) is activated more. The prefrontal and parital cortex (involved in counting) were activated less.

Adolescents (around 14-18) and adults: Barely use their hippocampus to do math. They pull math fracts from the well-developed data stored int he neocortex.

Here's what I read:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140817220106.htm

 

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