Question by doubt_is_freedom: What is it about math that makes it so difficult for so many people?
I would really like an answer from a neurological perspective (backed up by evidence) rather than baseless and unscientific educational theories. Are there any findings in neuroscience/neurology, neurochemistry, genetics, or MRI studies which shed light on the brain’s processing of math? What about those who excel in math from an early age (with little effort) are their brains somehow demonstrably different from the rest of the world?
OK, I’m aware of the right brain/ left brain thing, but many people who excel in music or art are also very good at math. And some who have great skill in logic and philosophy or language aren’t that good at math. I’m not sure that the hemisphere theory is really the answer. I’m very good at reasoning and critical thinking and making arguments, as well as the qualitative side of natural science (anthropology, biology, geology), but I’ve always struggled with math. The numbers just start “swimming” in my head after several minutes. I agree that “sequential” tasks (such as arithmetic) are where the difficulty lies; the “conceptual” part of math is not as much of a problem for me as the computational part.
Answer by Sugar
People poses talents for different things . Everyone is not gifted for math. Take me my gift is Science. It would be sad if every one could do the same thing .( Math) but nothing else. So I am happy we all have difference skills and talents. Now aren’t you.
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