Studying maths beyond GCSEs helps brain development, say scientists

Studying maths beyond GCSEs helps brain development, say scientists

Studying maths beyond GCSEs helps brain development, say scientists 150 150 icnagency

By: Sally Weale Education correspondent | Studying maths beyond GCSEs helps brain development, say scientists | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Teenagers who stick with the subject have higher levels of chemical vital for brain plasticity, research shows

Students who drop mathematics at the age of 16 have lower amounts of a brain chemical that is critical for brain and cognitive development, compared with those who continue maths, a study has found.

Researchers at the University of Oxford found that those who stopped maths after their GCSEs had less gamma-aminobutyric acid, a chemical which is crucial for brain plasticity, than counterparts who pursued maths post-16.

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