Intuitive maths

6-month-old babies have been observed by scientists to be capable of detecting errors in arithmetic.Researchers have shown infants one puppet,then added a second.A board was raised to block the infant’s view of both the puppets and one was removed and only one remained. To gauge the infant’s ability to detect error ,researchers recorded the number of seconds the babies spent looking at the puppet.The babies look at the incorrect solutions longer than correct ones.The extended viewing corelated with higher acrivity in the frontal area of the brain that is known to be involved in error detection.

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