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October 21, 2020

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How Long Does the Preschool Advantage Last?

Children who attend preschool enter kindergarten with greater skills than those who don't, but that advantage is nearly halved by the end of the year as their counterparts quickly begin to catch up, ...

Brains of Girls and Boys Are Similar, Producing Equal Math Ability

New research comprehensively examined the brain development of young boys and girls. Their research shows no gender difference in brain function or math ...

Emphasizing Social Play in Kindergarten Improves Academics, Reduces Teacher Burnout

Emphasizing more play, hands-on learning, and students helping one another in kindergarten improves academic outcomes, self-control and attention ...

Phase Transitions: The Math Behind the Music

Physics Professor Jesse Berezovsky contends that until now, much of the thinking about math and music has been a top-down approach, applying mathematical ideas to existing musical compositions as a ...
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Smokers Good at Math Are More Likely to Want to Quit

For smokers who are better at math, the decision to quit just adds up, a new study suggests. Researchers found that smokers who scored higher on a test of math ability were more likely than others to ...

Achievement Isn't Why More Men Are Majoring in Physics, Engineering and Computer Science

Researchers have found that the reason there are more undergraduate men than women majoring in physics, engineering and computer science is not because men are higher achievers. On the contrary, the ...

Using LEGO to Test Children's Ability to Visualize and Rotate 3D Shapes in Space

Researchers have developed a test that uses children's ability to assemble LEGO pieces to assess their spatial visualization ability. Spatial visualization is the ability to visualize 3D shapes ...

Creating Learning Resources for Blind Students

Mathematics and science Braille textbooks are expensive and require an enormous effort to produce -- until now. A team of researchers has developed a method for easily creating textbooks in Braille, ...

A New Method for Boosting the Learning of Mathematics

How can mathematics learning in primary school be facilitated? Scientists have developed an intervention to promote the learning of math in school. Named ACE-ArithmEcole, the program is designed to ...

Music Students Do Better in School Than Non-Musical Peers

High school students who take music courses score significantly better on math, science and English exams than their non-musical peers, according to a new ...

Unlike Men, Women's Cognitive Performance May Improve at Higher Room Temperature

Women's performance on math and verbal tests is best at higher temperatures, while men perform best on the same tests at lower temperatures, according to a new ...

Gender Gap in Spatial Reasoning Starts in Elementary School, Meta-Analysis Finds

Males gain a slight advantage in mental-rotation performance during the first years of formal schooling, and this advantage slowly grows with age, tripling in size by the end of ...

IQ a Better Predictor of Adult Economic Success Than Math

IQ in childhood is a better indicator of adult wealth than math for very preterm and very low-weight babies, according to a new ...

Student Likeability Might Be Link Between Academic Success and Risk of Depression

A new study suggests that children doing well in classrooms are more popular and emotionally secure than their peers who are having trouble ...

Sociologists Study the Impact Religion Has on Child Development

Do children raised by religious parents have better social and psychological development than those raised in non-religious homes? In a new study, researchers found that religion can be a mixed ...

White Math Teachers Treat Students Differently in Predominantly Black Schools

White math teachers in predominantly black middle schools are more likely to respond negatively to students' behavioral or academic issues - and this may have long-term negative consequences for ...

'Statistics Anxiety' Is Real, and New Research Suggests Targeted Ways to Handle It

A new study uses an analytical technique called 'network science' to determine factors contributing to statistics anxiety among psychology ...

Immigrant Kids in U.S. Deliberately Build STEM Skills

US immigrant children study more math and science in high school and college, which leads to their greater presence in STEM careers, according to new ...

Intellectual Curiosity and Confidence Help Children Take on Math and Reading

Children's personalities may influence how they perform in math and reading, according to a new ...

Schoolyard Tree Cover Predicts Math Performance in High-Poverty Urban Schools

What if improving academic performance in some of the nation's most disadvantaged and lowest-achieving schools was as easy as planting trees in the schoolyard? It's not that simple, of ...

Math With Good Posture Can Mean Better Scores, Study Suggests

A new study finding that students perform better at math while sitting with good posture could have implications for other kinds of performance under ...

Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Calculus

Contrary to widely-held opinion, taking high school calculus isn't necessary for success later in college calculus -- what's more important is mastering the prerequisites, algebra, ...

Approach Can Help English Learners Improve at Math Word Problems

Education professors have shown that a comprehension-based strategy can help English learners improve their math word-problem solving abilities. The approach boosts reading comprehension and problem ...

Block Play Could Improve Your Child's Math Skills, Executive Functioning

Semi-structured block play among preschool-age children has the potential to improve two skills - mathematics and executive functioning - critical to kindergarten readiness, according a new ...

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