Posted by eoffg on March 29 2012 02:37 PM
Our brain only provides us with 3 types of thinking processes.
Auditory, Visual and Spatial.
Where Dyscalculia is a symptom of Spatial thinking difficulties.
Though Spatial thinking is a complex process, where their can be various difficulties. Just as their are a range of different Auditory and Visual thinking difficulties.
So that not everyone with Spatial thinking difficulties, will have Dyscalculia.
For Spatial thinking, the brain uses a lobe behind each ear, to concieve of space on each side.
Then the information from both sides, is fed into a cortex in between them. Which can then combine this information from both sides, and do a whole range of different things with it.
But a most important way that it uses these two sides?
Is that it uses these 2 sides, to locate a beginning and an end point.
Where it uses the lobe behind your right ear, to locate a beginning point, and the end point behind your left ear.
But the crucial factor about having located these opposite beginning and end points? Is that the space between them can then be divided up, from beginning to end?
Then after we divide this space up? We can then give it names, for each space in between the beginning and end points?
Which we call numbers.
So that when we think of 1+1= 2.
What is actually going on in the brain, is that it adds these spaces together, to form a larger space. Which is called 2.
Where numbers are actually concieved of as a 'quantity'.
Which can actually be thought of without the words and symbols that we use for numbers.
But Spatial thinking needs to be understood as a 'Set of Spatial Thinking Tools'? So that a difficulty can be identified as difficulty with a specific 'Tool', rather than the symptoms?