Number Blindness: A Hidden Challenge for Mathematics

Educators often worry that some students just don’t “get” math. In truth, some fundamental difficulties with math may be indicators of mild dyscalculia, or “number blindness.” It’s hard to imagine an aspect of daily life that is not touched by numerical ideas: telephone numbers, street addresses, radio stations, bus schedules, currency, and time all depend…

Can Music Education Enhance Brain Functioning and Academic Learning?

Echoing Mozart: Discovering a Link between the Brain and Music When Gordon Shaw and Frances Rauscher published the results of their study on the relationship between music and spatial task performance in 1993, the “Mozart effect” became a popular term. It referred to the study’s findings that ten minutes of listening to Mozart can boost…

Brain Evolution: Expanding Our Minds

The irony of the theory of evolution is that evolution’s spectacular success in creating complex biological systems was historically the reason that this theory was so difficult to accept. It is difficult to imagine how a random sequence of miscues, of genetic mutations, could be the source of such complexity. Charles Darwin acknowledged the difficulty…