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Some current findings on the brain characteristics of the math gifted adolescent


Michael W. O'Boyle 
Texas Tech University, United States 
michael.oboyle@ttu.edu

 

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Abstract

A number of studies investigating the brain characteristics of mathematically gifted youth indicate that they possess a unique functional organisation as compared to those of average math ability (O'Boyle, et al., 1995). Specifically, data from a variety of behavioural and psychophysiological experiments tend to suggest enhanced processing reliance on the right cerebral hemisphere and heightened interhemispheric communication, as unique functional characteristics of the math gifted brain, with the later providing supplemental processing resources and enhanced cooperation between the cerebral hemispheres. Notably, these brain differences may have important implications for the nature and timing of mathematics instruction. 

Brain characteristics, mathematically gifted adolescent

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 O'Boyle, M.W. (2005) Some current findings on the brain characteristics of the math gifted adolescent. International Education Journal, 6(2), 247-251.
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