Girls are just as good at math as boys, finds brain imaging study

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Girls are just as good at mat has boys, according to science published Friday morning.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University used MRI images to monitor the brain activity of children while they learned early mathematical concepts.

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The boys' and girls' brains worked and processed the information in the same way, the study authors report.

'Science doesn't align with folk belief' said Dr Jessica Cantlon, who led the research.

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'We see that children's brains function similarly regardless of their gender so hopefully we can recalibrate expectations of what children can achieve in mathematics.'

From very young ages, little girls - in the US and around most of the world - confront many negative stereotypes: that they're not as good at math, that they're not as strong, fast or physically capable, and more.

Gender - Disparities - Lives - Wage - Gaps

Gender disparities continue through their lives, as seen in wage gaps, gaps in the positions and opportunities available to boys versus boys (differences that are now even more complicate as we discover a full spectrum of genders and sexualities).

There are now more women earning college degrees in the US than men overall but, across all STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, the proportion of women earning Bachelor's Master's and PhD degrees hovers around a third.

STEM - Gender - Gaps - Couple - Decades

STEM gender gaps have narrowed somewhat in the last couple of decades but, since 2003, they've widened once more.

Anecdotal observations have continued to fuel that math myth, but science has been poking holes in the prejudice.

Scientists - Differences - Boys - Types - Math

First scientists started seeing that there might be differences, but it was more accurate to say that while boys excelled at some types of math, girls were better designed to do others, or that boys might test better, but aptitudes were not significantly different.

A 2007 unlocked an obvious but...
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