Brain zap boosts maths power

  • November 5, 2010 | dominique

    I found maths quite tricky at school, but for people with dyscalculia – or ‘number dyslexia’ – sums are truly baffling. This ‘shocking’ new research could help.

    Passing an electrical current through a particular part of the brain called the parietal lobe made university students better at solving number puzzles, and the effects lasted for up to six months.

    But where exactly to zap was crucial. Passing the current through the same region in the opposite direction made their number-crunching worse.

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