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Girls' Verbal Skills Make Them Better at Arithmetic, Study Finds
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:53:33 AM »
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ScienceDaily (Feb. 23, 2012) — While boys generally do better than girls in science and math, some studies have found that girls do better in arithmetic. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that the advantage comes from girls' superior verbal skills.

"People have always thought that males' advantage is in math and spatial skills, and girls' advantage is in language," says Xinlin Zhou of Beijing Normal University....
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"Arithmetic and even advanced math needs verbal processing," Zhou says. Counting is verbal; the multiplication table is memorized verbally, and when people are doing multiple-digit calculations, they hold the intermediate results in their memory as words.
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"Better language skills could lead to more efficient verbal processing in arithmetic," Zhou says. He thinks it might be possible to use these results to help both boys and girls learn math better. Boys could use more help with verbal strategies for learning math terms, while girls might benefit from more practice with spatial skills.
Reminds me of The Wonder Years actress, who is now a mathematician.
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Re: Girls' Verbal Skills Make Them Better at Arithmetic, Study Finds
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2012, 09:57:20 AM »
lol, sigh

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Re: Girls' Verbal Skills Make Them Better at Arithmetic, Study Finds
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012, 10:35:15 AM »
lol, sigh
What's so funny about this? My third grade teacher tracked our progress on learning the multiplication tables (up to 12 x 12, w/ 13 and 14 for extra credit) and posted daily updates for the whole class to see. The fastest student in our class at mastering these tables was a girl. (That girl is now working as a chemist.)
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Re: Girls' Verbal Skills Make Them Better at Arithmetic, Study Finds
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2012, 10:38:27 AM »
lol, sigh
What's so funny about this? My third grade teacher tracked our progress on learning the multiplication tables (up to 12 x 12, w/ 13 and 14 for extra credit) and posted daily updates for the whole class to see. The fastest student in our class at mastering these tables was a girl. (That girl is now working as a chemist.)

Because math ability isn't about 'memorizing', or tables, or basic arithmetic. It's in the 'higher' maths, where the problem is based on relation, change, and equilibrium.

I'm going to need this.

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Re: Girls' Verbal Skills Make Them Better at Arithmetic, Study Finds
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2012, 12:40:20 PM »
lol, sigh
What's so funny about this? My third grade teacher tracked our progress on learning the multiplication tables (up to 12 x 12, w/ 13 and 14 for extra credit) and posted daily updates for the whole class to see. The fastest student in our class at mastering these tables was a girl. (That girl is now working as a chemist.)

Because math ability isn't about 'memorizing', or tables, or basic arithmetic. It's in the 'higher' maths, where the problem is based on relation, change, and equilibrium.
You did notice that this article is about arithmetic, which the article describes as distinct from higher mathematics? We're not talking about linear algebra or differential equations here.
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Re: Girls' Verbal Skills Make Them Better at Arithmetic, Study Finds
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2012, 01:44:58 PM »
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Re: Girls' Verbal Skills Make Them Better at Arithmetic, Study Finds
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2012, 02:04:12 PM »
lol, sigh
What's so funny about this? My third grade teacher tracked our progress on learning the multiplication tables (up to 12 x 12, w/ 13 and 14 for extra credit) and posted daily updates for the whole class to see. The fastest student in our class at mastering these tables was a girl. (That girl is now working as a chemist.)

Because math ability isn't about 'memorizing', or tables, or basic arithmetic. It's in the 'higher' maths, where the problem is based on relation, change, and equilibrium.
You did notice that this article is about arithmetic, which the article describes as distinct from higher mathematics? We're not talking about linear algebra or differential equations here.

Those don't really count as higher mathematics either, they're just extensions of arithmetic, I think the subjects you were looking for were Abstract Algebra and Real Analysis. But, then again, even the consistency of those axioms is tied to number theory, so, in a way, all mathematics is arithmetic. ;)
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Re: Girls' Verbal Skills Make Them Better at Arithmetic, Study Finds
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2012, 02:37:55 PM »
lol, sigh
What's so funny about this? My third grade teacher tracked our progress on learning the multiplication tables (up to 12 x 12, w/ 13 and 14 for extra credit) and posted daily updates for the whole class to see. The fastest student in our class at mastering these tables was a girl. (That girl is now working as a chemist.)

Because math ability isn't about 'memorizing', or tables, or basic arithmetic. It's in the 'higher' maths, where the problem is based on relation, change, and equilibrium.
You did notice that this article is about arithmetic, which the article describes as distinct from higher mathematics? We're not talking about linear algebra or differential equations here.

Fair enough.

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Re: Girls' Verbal Skills Make Them Better at Arithmetic, Study Finds
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2012, 03:00:44 AM »
If this is so, then why do my verbal skills (which are far higher than average, according to every test I've ever taken) not increase my own arithmetic skills?
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Re: Girls' Verbal Skills Make Them Better at Arithmetic, Study Finds
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2012, 11:16:20 AM »
If this is so, then why do my verbal skills (which are far higher than average, according to every test I've ever taken) not increase my own arithmetic skills?
Cause you're not a girl...duh silly!  :P
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« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2012, 12:53:04 AM »
Girls are great at maths. Measurements used for baking things must be very precise. Wat? I'll brb...

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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2012, 01:24:54 AM »
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"People have always thought

Key words there.

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« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2012, 01:44:37 AM »
Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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Key words there.

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1) Are you implying that people have or have not always thought?

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Re: Girls' Verbal Skills Make Them Better at Arithmetic, Study Finds
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2012, 09:52:45 AM »
Girlz better at maths?

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Re: Girls' Verbal Skills Make Them Better at Arithmetic, Study Finds
« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2012, 10:18:47 AM »
Since a woman can remember every thing a man has done to upset her in the past (infinity) years, I have no problem believing that they can memorize multiplication tables better than we can.
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« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2012, 11:36:04 AM »
Next they're going to be after our ability to read maps and take out the garbage. What a world!

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« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2012, 12:43:41 PM »
Next they're going to be after our ability to read maps and take out the garbage. What a world!

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