TRNS – A Brain Technique For Improving Math Skills

Researchers have had success targeting areas of the brain with non-invasive electrical stimulation.  Subjects in the study

Fractalreceived TRNS – transcranial random noise stimulation – while undergoing arithmetic training. Results showed improvements in learning and subsequent performance on complex arithmetic tasks, specifically in enhanced  speed of both calculation- and memory-recall-based arithmetic learning.

By using brain imaging techniques, the researchers were able to see responses in specific portions of the pre-frontal section of the brain, the area that is actually responsible for manipulating numbers. The results lasted.  6 months after the training, it was revealed that there were long-lasting behavioral and physiological modifications in the stimulated group as compared to the controls.

Source: Albert Snowball et al. In Current Biology, 16 May 2013

 

 

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