Genetic influences we are good or bad in math

09-03-2018 nephi1im
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A new study led by a team of researchers from Ohio State University shows how some people may be predisposed to be worse or better in a subject like mathematics due to genetic factors.

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To do this, the difference in math ability was examined in identical twins and fraternal twins. The study included 216 identical twins and 298 fraternal twins who were evaluated from 9 to age 15 old. Assessments included tests of math anxiety, general anxiety, math problem solving and reading comprehension. The results showed that 40% of the individual differences of math anxiety is produced by genetic factors.

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The fact why some children and even some adults develop math anxiety, causing them much more difficult to solve problems of this matter has, therefore, a genetic component. This fear or anxiety towards mathematics genetic predisposition to fail in two ways: in cognitive performance of people in mathematics and its tendency to anxiety. We have anxiety difficult problem solving, so it can have a profound effect on learning.

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"Genetic factors may exacerbate or reduce the risk of being bad at math," says Stephen Petrill, a professor of psychology at Ohio State University and principal investigator of the study that has been published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

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These results do not show that the math problems can be attributed solely to genetic factors, and that environmental factors also influence the school, home and other places, but their involvement is by no means negligible.