Dyscalculia: From brain to education

Brian Butterworth, Sashank Varma, Diana Laurillard

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    Abstract

    Recent research in cognitive and developmental neuroscience is providing a new approach to the understanding of dyscalculia that emphasizes a core deficit in understanding sets and their numerosities, which is fundamental to all aspects of elementary school mathematics. The neural bases of numerosity processing have been investigated in structural and functional neuroimaging studies of adults and children, and neural markers of its impairment in dyscalculia have been identified. New interventions to strengthen numerosity processing, including adaptive software, promise effective evidence-based education for dyscalculic learners.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1049-1053
    Number of pages5
    JournalScience
    Volume332
    Issue number6033
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 27 2011

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