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Number games could improve kids’ math skills
By Kathleen Raven NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Kids don’t need math skills to glance at two groups of black dots and say which group has more dots, but practicing that intuitive task might boost their math scores, according to new research. Just as athletes stretch and jog before a competition, practicing with quantities “could be seen as a warm-up for your brain to do math,” said Melissa Libertus, a cognition researcher at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, who wasn’t involved in the new study. But researchers have puzzled over how this intuitive sense of number relates to and affects arithmetic skills. Results from the study published in the journal Cognition show “the engagement of ANS leads to better math performance,” said lead author Daniel Hyde of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.