A new study finds that elementary school boys show more preference for solving arithmetic problems by reciting an answer from memory and girls are more likely to compute the answer by counting.
“In our study, we found that boys were more likely to call out answers than girls, even though they were less accurate early in school. Over time, though, this practice at remembering answers may have allowed boys to surpass girls in accuracy,” says Drew Bailey, a recent recipient of a Ph.D. in psychological science from the University of Missouri.
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