How a simple computer game influences kids' math performance


Does the primitive sense of number we have and share with other animals causally relate to mathematics? Check out this fresh finding on how changing precision in the gut sense of number changes children's math performance!

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Why Babies Love (And Learn From) Magic Tricks

Dr. Aimee Stahl shows us how babies take surprising events as special opportunities to learn.

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A Beneficial Collaboration with the Maryland Science Center.


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Are you Smarter than a 5-Year-Old?


Dr. Melissa Kibbe describes how preschoolers can use their approximate sense of number to solve for x.

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Knowledge at Birth

Dr. Lisa Feigenson discusses babies' inherent knowledge and what factors influence learning.


Hey Kid, What do you Know?

Johns Hopkins Magazine pays a visit to the Laboratory for Child Development to learn more about babies' intuitive sense of number, early memory development, learning from surprising events, and more!

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Featured in Johns Hopkins Magazine, Summer 2013


Child Researchers Seek Low-Income Subjects


Low-income subjects face a unique set of challenges when it comes to participating in research studies. Read more about what our lab and others are doing to help in the Baltimore Sun article below!

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Featured in the Baltimore Sun, Summer 2013


Trouble With Math? You May Lack 'Number Sense'

Dr. Melissa Libertus discusses findings from her work at the Lab for Child Development which show that intuitive, inborn sense of number is linked to later math performance.

Featured on, Summer 2011

Read full articles related to this research below:

"Number Sense? Count on it from Birth". Arts & Sciences: The Online Magazine of Johns Hopkins.

You can count on this: Math Ability is inborn. JHU Gazette

In Future Math Whizzes, Signs of 'Number Sense'. New York Times

Math ability pre-destined: Study, Toronto Sun

Some people just born good at math, study shows. Huffington Post

Study: people may be born good (or bad) at math. TIME

A podcast by Nature featuring this research


Inside a Baby's Brain

ABC News interviews Dr. Lisa Feigenson about fidings that show that even young 14-month-olds can use adult like strateigies to "chunk" objects together in order to remember more.

Featured on ABC News, Summer 2008.

Read full articles related to this research below:

Babies use grown-up memory tricks. New Scientist (pdf)

Even Toddlers Get It: Data 'Chunks' Are Easier To Remember. Science Daily (pdf)

Infants And Adults Share Similar Memory Systems. TS-Si News Service (pdf)

Babies' memories work best (like adults') in bite-sized chunks. USA Today (pdf)

Babies think like adults. Live Science (pdf)


Gut Instict's Surprising Role in Math

Research conducted by Dr. Justin Halberda and Dr. Lisa Feigenson has shown that formal math performance in adolescence is related to a more intuitive gut sense of number.

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How precise is your gut sense of number? Click here to take the test!

More articles on this research:

Sexy Science: How to spot a genius. TimesOnline, 17 February 2010. (pdf)

Why some people can't put two and two together. New Scientist, 21 January 2009. (pdf)

Inborn Path to Math. Science News, 27 September 2008. (pdf)

'Number sense' boosts math skills: study. ABC News, 8 September 2008. (pdf)

How One's 'Number Sense' Helps With Mathematics. Washington Post, 8 September 2008. Also, view photos from this article. (pdf)

Innate 'number sense' boosts math skills. The Australian, 8 September 2008. (pdf)

Link made between innate sense for numbers and maths skill. The Tech Herald, 8 September 2008. (pdf)

Good with numbers? It's in your genes. New Scientist, 7 September 2008. (pdf)

Toddler maths skills indicates future ability. UK Telegraph, 7 September 2008. (pdf)

Take a stab: Estimating math skills by observing estimation. ARS Technica, 7 September 2008. (pdf)

As Easy as 1, 2, 3: Number Sense Correlates with Test Scores. Headlines @ Hopkins, 3 September 2008 (pdf)


More Press from the Lab:


Kids Learn Words Best By Working Out Meaning. ScienceDaily, 16 March 2007. (pdf)


Tracking your team. A TV spot that aired December 2006.

Team colors help us follow the action., 10 July 2006. (pdf)

Colour-coding key to watching soccer., 7 July 2006. (pdf)

Brain may be hard-wired to track team sports., 6 July 2006.

Team colors are a big part of following the action. Baltimore Sun, 30 June 2006. (pdf)

Why are uniforms uniform?, 22 June 2006. (pdf)


Tribe without names for numbers cannot count., 19 August 2004. (pdf)

COGNITION: Life Without Numbers in the Amazon., 2004, (pdf)

Language may shape human thought., Science Express, 19 August 2004 (pdf)

Using stimulus dollars to decode human number sense. The JHU Gazette, 28 September 2009. (pdf)

Hopkins Opens Child Research Lab. APS Observer, February 2005 (pdf)

This research looks like a lot of fun. Baltimore Messenger, 10 February 2005. (pdf)

Smarty Pants. Maryland Family Magazine, 9 February 2005. (pdf)

Babies Go Ga-Ga Over Research. The JHU Gazette, 20 December 2004 (pdf)