# Panamath in the press

In the news and in the classroom, Panamath has been changing how we approach mathematical aptitude. Check out what others are saying.

"[A] host of new studies suggests that the two number systems, the bestial and celestial, may be profoundly related, an insight with potentially broad implications for math education."

"Scientists have for the first time established a link between a primitive, intuitive sense of numbers and performance in math classes, a finding that could lead to new ways to help children struggling in."

"'...a lot of what we are doing when we think mathematically is compressing and transforming information. Seeing a pattern, a shape, instead of all the individual variables that make up the shape is one type of compression.'"

September 11, 2008

This audio file is a podcast from *Nature* magazine discussing the results of Panamath with Dr. Halberda.

"Halberda cautions against thinking success or failure in school mathematics is entirely genetic and therefore immutable. '[The] ANS is powerful, but it certainly isn't predicting 100% of the variance [in mathematical ability],' he says."

"'It is difficult to overstate the importance of the 'number sense' for all kinds of animals.'"

"Individual performance on the approximation task corresponded closely with
scores on two standard math achievement tests the participants had taken from
kindergarten through sixth grade."

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"Approximate number sense, they found, ran the gamut. Some subjects could tell the difference between nine yellow dots and 10 blue ones, where others could barely distinguish four blue dots from six yellow ones."

"Good 'number sense' at age 14 correlates with higher scores on standardized math tests throughout a child's life and weaker "number sense" at 14 predicts lower scores on standardized tests..."

"[T]he team's research results may ultimately benefit people with dyscalculia, a learning disability that afflicts about one in every 15 people and brings with it innate difficulty in comprehending mathematics and other number-based skills."

"It turns out that it's not whether you have more grey matter that matters, but the dynamics of the development of the brain that has the biggest impact on future cognitive ability."

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"In fact, [Dr. Halberda] said, the ability to distinguish quantities is the most powerful psychological predictor of success in school maths."

September 8, 2008

"Previous research has shown that an innate sense of numbers is entirely controlled by a non-verbal region of the brain called the intraparietal sulcus. But to do exact arithmetic and precise calculations, humans require language, which is governed by another part of the brain."

"Though people often think of mathematics as a pinnacle of intellectual achievement of humankind, research reveals that some intuition about numbers, counting and mathematical ability is basic to almost all animals."