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Applying a brain stimulation method, which was previously suggested to enhance mathematical learning in healthy adults, may improve the performance of children with mathematical learning difficulties, according to an exploratory study by researchers from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

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Professor Roi Cohen Kadosh of Oxford University’s Department of Experimental Psychology, said: ‘Compared to children without learning difficulties, children with learning difficulties have a brain that works differently. This is usually associated with poor learning, and in turn might impair typical brain development.

‘Learning difficulties are usually treated by behavioural interventions, but these have shown little efficacy, especially in brains with neural atypicalities. Our research suggests that children with learning difficulties might benefit from combining their learning with tRNS, which has been suggested to improve learning and alter brain functions in healthy adults.’

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