September 18, 2005
Math Made Easy: Study Reveals 5-year-olds' Innate Ability
Young children can perform certain kinds of math operations before ever receiving any kind formal math training, a new study reports.
The finding suggests children have an inborn intuition about math that could be used to make learning the real thing in school less painful.
Ask a 5-year old child whether the sum of 13 and 17 is greater or less than 50 and chances are you'll just get a funny look. But the same problem could be presented another way, as a visual problem, and this is what the researchers did.
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