Dyscalculia – or math dyslexia – needs more attention says neuroscientist

Dyscalculia is like dyslexia — but for those who have trouble with math instead of reading.  But not enough people know about it, according to a neuroscientist. “There is a lack of awareness among teachers and educators,” said Daniel Ansari, professor and Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Western Ontario.  Individuals with dyscalculia have trouble with simple calculations.  “If I ask you what is 1 + 3, you don’t need to calculate. Four will pop in to your head, it is stored in your long-term memory,” he said. But those with dyscalculia will have to use their hands to count. Scientists have known about dyscalculia since the 1940’s but little research has been done on it, even though it is probably just as common as dyslexia, says Ansari.  Currently, there is no…


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