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    - Justin Halberda, PhD
    Johns Hopkins University

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That gut feeling.

For centuries, our education has been centered on straightforward calculations with measurable aptitudes and skill levels. They determine which schools we may attend and separate us not just within the classroom, but throughout the world. Gallup polls, research, even figuring out taxes—mathematics has become an important, if not integral, part of our society. And, with the prevalence of technology, we must be able to "keep up" our mathematical abilities.

But how can we improve? Recent research may suggest an answer. It's been found that the number sense may also be related to how well students do in math class. This may present important implications for how we teach the subject in school and our understanding for how we use mathematics in our daily lives. For so long, we have emphasized the complex, but we may do well in catering to the primitive as well.

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