A mind for math

A part of the brain associated with making memories may also predict success in learning math

By Stephen Ornes, 11:00 AM May 19, 2013

A child’s talent for learning math may relate to the size and wiring of different parts of the brain. Credit: iStockphoto

The anatomy of your brain may be linked with how easily you learn math, a new study finds. But that doesn’t mean you can get out of doing your homework by saying you don’t have a head for numbers.

Deep inside each side of the brain lies a region called the hippocampus (plural hippocampi). It’s shaped like a seahorse (hippo campus means “sea monster” in Greek) and helps make memories. The size of this brain region and how it’s wired to others may play important roles in how children learn ...

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