A Little Too Early to Start Teaching Kids Math?

University of Missouri - A study by Kristy vanMarle, assistant professor of psychological science in the College of Arts and Science, found that although infants consistently chose the larger of two groups when both were larger or smaller than four, the infants showed no preference for the larger group when presented alongside a group of less than four objects.

"In the modern world there are educational programs that claim to give children an advantage by teaching them arithmetic at an early age," said van Marle. "This research suggests that such programs may be ineffective simply because infants are unable to compare some numbers with others."

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