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NPR News November 8, 2019

Math Looks The Same In The Brains Of Boys And Girls, Study Finds

by Jon Hamilton

Brain scans of 104 boys and girls doing basic math tasks found no gender differences. The finding adds to the evidence that boys and girls start out with equal ability in math.

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Psychol Bull JANUARY 1, 2010

New trends in gender and mathematics performance: a meta-analysis

SM Lindberg et al

In this article, we use meta-analysis to analyze gender differences in recent studies of mathematics performance. First, we meta-analyzed data from 242 studies published …

NPJ Sci Learn JULY 6, 2018

No intrinsic gender differences in children's earliest numerical abilities

AJ Kersey et al

Recent public discussions have suggested that the under-representation of women in science and mathematics careers can be traced back to intrinsic differences in aptitude …

Cereb Cortex SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

Specialization of the Right Intraparietal Sulcus for Processing Mathematics During Development

MA Schel et al

Mathematical ability, especially perception of numbers and performance of arithmetics, is known to rely on the activation of intraparietal sulcus (IPS). However, reasonin …

Psychol Sci FEBRUARY 14, 2018

The Gender-Equality Paradox in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education

G Stoet et al

The underrepresentation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields is a continual concern for social scientists and policymaker …

Am Psychol SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

Gender differences in reading and writing achievement: Evidence from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

D Reilly et al

A frequently observed research finding is that females outperform males on tasks of verbal and language abilities, but there is considerable variability in effect sizes f …

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