The Mathematician’s Brain is Different than Others (Scientific American)

Innovation creativity imaginationNeuroscientists have identified the brain networks involved with solving mathematical problems, discovering that these areas are distinct from the areas that process language. “Our results show that high-level mathematical reflection recycles brain regions associated with an evolutionarily ancient knowledge of number and space,” said study co-author Marie Amalric.

Unfortunately, there might be a downside to being a math genius. The new study also “found that mathematicians had reduced activity in the visual areas of the brain involved in facial processing,” Scientific American reports. “This could mean that the neural resources required to grasp and work with certain math concepts may undercut—or ‘use up’—some of the brain’s other capacities.” Read more.

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