A student at Linn-Benton Community College, Cody Gotchall competed on his high school robotics team for four years. Cody Gotchall’s interests include mathematics and pattern recognition.
Studying mathematics positively impacts the mind and can assist throughout life in a variety of ways. Here are three positive effects of this tricky subject:
1. Math improves brain function. While solving math problems, the brain builds neural pathways, which helps students to see connections and strengthens the mind. This improves logic, sequencing skills and analytical problem solving.
2. Math improves emotional health. A recent study found that performing mental math activates the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain that relates to how people adapt during emotionally difficult situations and fights off depression and anxiety.
3. Math improves creativity. While the rules of mathematics may seem rigid and unbending, there are many avenues available to solve problems. Being able to think outside the box and get to the correct solution can help in the workplace as well.