Gestures Help Children Grasp Math

Science magazine:

Children who are taught to use gestures to solve math problems demonstrate a deeper understanding of concepts, but why? A group of psychologists thinks it’s because the physical actions help youths understand abstract ideas. A study published online in Psychological Science describes how researchers taught a group of third graders to form a V-point gesture with their fingers (as seen in the image) to signify adding the numbers up, followed by pointing a finger at the blank in the equation to represent inserting the outcome in its place.

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