YOUR BRAIN WILL THANK YOU FOR LEARNING MATH

Dr. Hakan Oztunc
6 min readNov 23, 2023

Mathematics can contribute to healthy aging by enhancing overall brain health.

fountain magazine

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • Engaging in mathematical activities such as problem-solving, mental calculations, and arithmetic practice can enhance neural connections and promote the formation of new brain cells.
  • When two neurons are consistently activated simultaneously, their relationship becomes more robust. In other words, the more frequently we use a particular neural pathway, the stronger it becomes.
  • From deciphering natural patterns to unraveling the universe's complexities, mathematics equips us with the tools to grasp and analyze the phenomena that shape our existence.

Mathematics is prominent among the captivating sciences that humanity has explored. Mathematics has always been an essential part of our daily life, from the fundamentals of arithmetic and algebra to the complexity of calculus and beyond. Math is a critical element of our problem-solving process, whether we’re buying groceries, calculating taxes, or analyzing data. But, besides being a vital skill, mathematics has numerous benefits for our brain and overall health. While it may seem like learning math is a daunting and impossible task, even small efforts to improve our math skills can have significant benefits for our brains. This article will examine how learning math can help us improve our cognitive capacities, promote healthy aging, and increase our overall well-being.

MATHEMATICS PROMOTES NEUROPLASTICITY

Acquiring arithmetic skills fosters neuroplasticity, highlighting one of its significant cognitive benefits. Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change through time, allowing us to learn, adapt, and grow. According to research, engaging in mathematical activities such as problem-solving, mental calculations, and arithmetic practice can enhance neural connections and promote the formation of new brain cells. The underlying principle allows for learning and memory, which is critical for our cognitive health. Mathematics includes both tangible and abstract thinking, which can aid in the development of brain muscles. When we perform mathematical tasks, neurons are activated together, strengthening their connections…

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Dr. Hakan Oztunc

Statistics Professor, Math Lover, Teaching @UOFT. Author of numerous Math Novels. Always looking to make math fun for everyone. MyBook: https://amzn.to/2M5F5Nz