## I have a PhD in economics and still don’t consider myself a “math person.”

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When I was growing up, in my class girls were better in math than boys. Actually, we were better at everything! ... till high school, that is.

"There is evidence that teachers, especially older and female teachers that are weak in math themselves, can have a bias (pdf) against girls math ability.

Their bias may become a self-fulfilling prophesy. Blair explains that a part of intellect is executive function, which governs how you self-regulate, process information, and problem solve. Some people are more natural at math and solve problems more efficiently. But your natural endowment of skills isn’t fixed. Performing math calculations improves executive function, and improving your executive function skills can make you better at math. Or, doing lots of math makes you smarter—even, especially, if it doesn’t come naturally to you at first. Further, there are different ways to approach problem-solving, and each may engage your brain differently. If you are taught math one way, your brain might just not connect with it, but that does not mean you are a bad problem solver—you just need to find another approach."

I never quite felt comfortable with math, either.

Perhaps instead of "math people" we should think of ourselves as people who happen to do math.

1:09 PM Sep 28 2015