Mathematical Brains

A special brain network for mathematics

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Science  01 Jul 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6294, pp. 40-41
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6294.40-c

Is language involved in mathematical thinking? Amalric and Dehaene scanned the brains of professional mathematicians and naïve study participants while they were performing a true-false reasoning task, either with advanced mathematical statements or with general knowledge statements. There were clear behavioral and brain-imaging differences between the two groups. Expert mathematical reasoning was underpinned by a brain network that is also used in basic quantity and number processing. This math-specific network was clearly distinct from the canonical language network.

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 113, 4909 (2016).

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