A recent study examines what happens in the brains of children and adults while watching mathematical lessons on “Sesame Street.”

The results of the study show that high-achieving children demonstrated adult-like brain responses when watching the show. Researchers said it was possible that future studies would reveal more about this type of brain response. 

Scientists can’t really know what a child is thinking, but they are interested in the brain processes that happen in educational settings. To that end, a new study in PLOS Biology compares the brains of children and adults, using “Sesame Street” as a way to test what happens on a neurological level during a popular TV program aimed at learning.

“We’re kind of honing in on what brain regions are important for real-world mathematics learning in children,” said lead study author Jessica Cantlon, assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester.


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