Katherine Westervelt

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

US needs crash course in math

Why are you closing?<p>It hides the content It looks like an ad I trust only original links<p>Link shared by<p>Links by @It's About Time<p>Let's put some Eureka! …

How I Finally Got Over My Fear of Math

The classroom smelled like feet. It had no windows and was lit by those awful overhead fluorescents that make everyone over 25 look like an extra from <i>The Walking Dead</i>.<p>Not that this mattered to most of my classmates, who looked barely 18 and were probably wondering what the old lady was doing in …

Where do students with college-educated parents do best in math?

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Candy Crush is officially a hard game, according to math

Developer King's match-three puzzler <i>Candy Crush Saga</i> is officially a difficult game, according to a new mathematical analysis of the title that places the game into a category of high-level computational problems.<p>The study, by University of New South Wales professor and group leader at computing …

Explore The Hidden Math Behind Your Favorite Pixar Movies

The TEDEd talk from Pixar Senior Research Scientist Tony Derose explores how math made 'Monsters, Inc.'<p>This one goes out to all the creatives who couldn't cut the math muster in Middle School. Somewhere around 8th grade, my understanding of the practical uses of the numbers and symbols I was …

This Might Be The Reason A Lot Of Americans Are Still Bad At Math

Teachers are now told to focus on comprehension and theory rather than rote learning and memorizing formulas.<p>Critical thinking is a major goal of the Common Core, which was created in 2009 to even the playing field by giving every state a universal set of standards to measure learning. It's an …

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Love and Math: Equations as an Equalizer for Humanity

French polymath Henri Poincaré saw in mathematics a metaphor for how creativity works, while autistic savant Daniel Tammet believes that math expands our circle of empathy. So how can a field so diverse in its benefits and so rich in human value remain alienating to so many people who subscribe to …

A New Kind of Problem: The Common Core Math Standards

<i>A set of guidelines adopted by 45 states this year may turn children into "little mathematicians" who don't know how to do actual math.</i><p>zhu difeng/shutterstock<p>A few weeks ago, I wrote an article for TheAtlantic.com describing some of the problems with how math is currently being taught. …

Here's How Little Math Americans Actually Use at Work

Less than a quarter of employees do any calculations more complicated than basic fractions, and blue-collar workers generally do more advanced math than their white-collar friends.<p>Remember sitting through high school math class while the teacher droned on about polynomial equations and thinking …

The 11 Ways That Consumers Are Hopeless at Math

This is your brain on shopping, and it's not very smart<p><i>This is your brain on shopping, and it's not very smart.</i><p>You walk into a Starbucks and see two deals for a cup of coffee. The first deal offers 33% extra coffee. The second takes 33% off the regular price. What's the better deal?<p>"They're about …