Yes, some people may have a natural affinity for math due to a combination of genetics and early exposure to math concepts. However, mathematical ability can also be developed and improved through practice and learning.

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Yes, some people may have a natural affinity for math due to a combination of genetics and early exposure to math concepts. However, mathematical ability can also be developed and improved through practice and learning.

The idea of innate math ability is a controversial topic that has been debated in the scientific community. According to Stanford University Professor of Psychology, Jo Boaler, “The myth of the ‘math brain’ is one of the most pervasive and damaging untruths about learning math”. Boaler argues that anyone can be good at math with the right mindset and teaching methods.

While genetics may play a small role in math ability, early exposure to math concepts can have a significant impact on a person’s mathematical development. A study published in the journal Developmental Science found that children as young as six months old showed a preference for counting, suggesting that early exposure to numbers can have an impact on mathematical development.

However, many experts argue that the most significant factor in mathematical ability is practice. Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers famously highlights the “10,000-hour rule” – the idea that it takes approximately 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to achieve mastery in a given field.

To further illustrate the impact of practice, here is a table comparing the practice habits of successful mathematicians:

Mathematician | Average Daily Practice |
---|---|

Terence Tao | 9-10 hours |

Maryam Mirzakhani | 8 hours |

John von Neumann | 6-7 hours |

Shakuntala Devi | 6 hours |

In conclusion, while some people may have a natural affinity for math, mathematical ability can be developed and improved through practice and learning. As Shakuntala Devi once said, “Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding.”

## Answer in video

The video “Why Do Some People Learn Math So Fast” suggests that the timing of understanding mathematical concepts is more significant than the intelligence or effort of an individual. The speaker shares personal experiences and examples of individuals who excelled in math at a young age, implying that there may be developmental factors at play. The video encourages students to persist in their math learning journey and reminds them that certain people learn at different paces.

## There are other opinions

Research from Johns Hopkins University suggests that

some people are naturally good at math, whereas others may never be. For those who can count very well, there is something vaguely infuriating about doing business with (or even living with) people who can’t count past three.

If you struggled through high school algebra, you probably thought you simply weren’t born good at math. You might have been right, at least according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University psychologists that suggests that

math ability is linked to your inborn “number sense.”

Indeed I believe

we have all evolved to be good at mathematicsas a species because, ultimately, maths is about understanding patterns. It’s those who are good at maths who are likely to survive the urban jungle of the modern world

It is apparent that some people have a natural affinity for quantitative reasoning skills and others do not. The remarkable capabilities of prodigies and savants will convince you that there is a wide variation in innate potential for intellectual tasks across all subjects, not just math. Whether a person develops those skills is up to chance and environmental/cultural influences.

Note: You should always try to develop your skills with practice and discipline. Don’t ever use the excuse that you aren’t a “math person” because you find something difficult. Everything is difficult until you learn how to do it. Thinking you aren’t a “math person” can be a self fulfilling prophecy.

## In addition, people ask

**Can you be genetically good at math?** BOSTON – Our ability to do math may lie in our genes. Looking at more than a thousand students in Chinese elementary schools, researchers identified genetic variants that were strongly linked to categories of mathematical and reasoning abilities.

Then, **Am I naturally good at math?**

Answer to this: Many people believe one is born with the talent to be good at math while others are just not. However, many studies have proved there’s no inherent mathematical ability; everyone can become proficient in math if they put in the effort and time.

Hereof, **Is maths a born talent?** Response to this: Are some people born with a talent for math? I’d say instead that some people are born with an interest for math. With appropriate resources, that interest in math turns into practice with math, which turns into talent for math.

Herein, **Are math geniuses born or nurtured?**

Experts generally agree that nature and nurture both play a role when it comes to being good at maths. Environmental factors such as home life, schooling and even deprivation all influence our ability to succeed at the subject.

Subsequently, **Are some people born good at math?** Response will be: This defense contains a troubling subtext: Some people are born good at math, some aren’t, and the speaker is the latter. This is simply untrue. In a conversation with Richard Dawkins, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why: “If there’s any one subject that the greatest number of people say, ‘I was never good at insert a topic,’ it’s going to be math.

Similarly, **Are You born with a math gene?**

Math Myths and Misconceptions MYTH #1: APTITUDE FOR MATH IS INBORN. This belief is the most natural in the world. After all, some people just are more talented at some things (music and athletics come to mind) and to some degree, it seems that these talents must be in their genes. You’re born with a math gene, either you get it or you don’t.

In this way, **What does it mean to be good at math?** Being good at math means having the ability to understand and execute mathematical concepts efficiently. It requires the capacity to reason logically, think abstractly and use numerical skills effectively.

Also, **Is mathematics inborn?** As a response to this: Mathematics is indeed inborn, but it is inborn in all of us. It is a human trait, shared by the entire race. Reasoning with abstract ideas is the province of every child, every woman, every man. Having a special genetic make-up is no more necessary for success in this activity than being Mozart is necessary to humming a tune.

**Are You born good at math?** Response to this: Science has just confirmed what you’ve been trying to convince your parents and teachers since grade school: Some people are just born good at math. Researchers found that preschoolers (who because of their young age have not yet learned basic math) who have a good inherent "number sense" ALSO do better on tests that predict mathematical ability.

Also, **Are You born with a math gene?**

Math Myths and Misconceptions MYTH #1: APTITUDE FOR MATH IS INBORN. This belief is the most natural in the world. After all, some people just are more talented at some things (music and athletics come to mind) and to some degree, it seems that these talents must be in their genes. You’re born with a math gene, either you get it or you don’t.

Likewise, **What does it mean to be good at math?** Being good at math means having the ability to understand and execute mathematical concepts efficiently. It requires the capacity to reason logically, think abstractly and use numerical skills effectively.

**Are some people better at math than others?**

The response is: Pure math might fine for many people, but more people can grasp math then they are taught it in an atmosphere in which the math can be applied. Young kids might not appreciate this, and may (reasonably) ask if some people are "better" at math than others.