types of maths ability?
The experiment also tests the idea that we all have
two different types of maths ability.
first you are probably born with. Its the
type of instant judgement you make when you see
three coins on a table. You instantly know there
are three - without counting.
instant judgement can be used for even more coins,
providing theyre laid out in a regular pattern
like the dots on dice.
second type of maths ability includes all the
maths you are taught - for example, addition,
subtraction, multiplication and counting.
animals do maths?
It seems that animals can also do maths. Consider Professor
Three bears go into a cave
Two come out
Would you go in?
Many animals make this type judgement - based on maths.
So are some people born bad at maths?
This is one of the subjects professor Brian Butterworth
has been investigating. Just as some people are born
with dyslexia for words, it seems that others are born
with dyscalculia - a blindness for numbers.
have also discovered that there is a specific
part of your brain responsible for doing maths.
It is just above your left ear. Damage to this
part of your brain causes a type of number-blindness.
To read more about what its like to be dyscalculic,
Click here for the results of this amazing experiment