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Brains of boys and girls have equal math abilities

Brains of boys and girls have equal math abilities

A Carnegie Mellon University study seems have put the "nature vs. nurture" question to rest regarding gender differences in math ability.

The research team comprehensively examined the brain development of young boys and girls and found not gender difference in brain function or math abilities. The results were published in the November 8, 2019 journal Science of Learning.

So, how has the stereotype of "boys are just better at math" developed? The lead research, Jessica Cantlon, has some theories, most of which indicate that society and culture likely are steering girls and young women away from math and STEM fields.

1. Previous studies show that families spend more time with young boys in play that involves spatial cognition.

2. Many teachers also preferentially spend more time with boys during math class, predicting latter math achievement.

3. Children often pick up on cues from their parents' expectations for math abilities.

Here's a summary the study:

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