There's no difference between male and female brains when it comes to maths
The research looked at the MRI scans of 104 youngsters aged between 3 to 10 years. The group included 55 girls and 49 boys.
If you are one of those who believe girls are not good with maths, here is a study to prove you wrong. The new study mentions that there is no gender difference in the brain when it comes to math processing ability.
The research looked at the MRI scans of 104 youngsters aged between 3 to 10 years. The group included 55 girls and 49 boys. These youngsters watched a video on basic math while their brains were getting scanned. Later, the scans showed no difference in brain activity between the children.
Also, there was no difference between these girls and boys in how engaged they were in the topics presented to them.
Jessica Cantlon, a neuroscientist from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) says, "Science doesn't align with folk beliefs. We see that children's brains function similarly regardless of their gender, so hopefully, we can recalibrate expectations of what children can achieve in mathematics."
The researchers also used a maths test to grade 97 children aged between 3 to 8 years old. They found no difference between the ability of the genders. Both the maths ability and brain maturity were at the same level in both genders.
The intraparietal sulcus is a region of the brain that estimates numbers, processes numbers written in words, and is also responsible for helping in calculations.
Alyssa Kersey, a psychologist from the University of Chicago says, "It's not just that boys and girls are using the maths network in the same ways but that similarities were evident across the entire brain. We need to be cognisant of these origins to ensure we aren't the ones causing the gender inequities."
The research also suggests that economics could also be one of the factors affecting the choice of choosing a career. Boys are under more pressure to pick a career with a higher financial reward even if they're not particularly passionate about it.