Scientific Study on IMPACT OF ABACUS LEARNING OF MENTAL ARITHMETIC ON COGNITIVE ABILITIES

The present research found the cognitive abilities that are being enhanced by the Abacus Learning of Highter Arithmetic (ALOHA) among children are incredible. The statistical analyses have demonstrated the effectiveness of abacus training by showing improvement in the following seven abilities: concentration, problem solving, associative memory, working memory, concept formation, creativity and ability to create a mental image and perform operations (spatial ability). As these abilities develop, the children will also improve in their academic performance, increase speed and accuracy and help to create a genius discovering its power within. The findings of this research indicate that undergoing abacus training helps in academic excellence by improving the abilities required to get good grades. As the grades or marks obtained in the examination are generally considered as the level of achievement, the success in a performance gives confidence to the learner and motivates for higher achievement.

Another aspect of brain functioning that has implications for cognitive development is lateralization. Children use both their hands in handling the abacus and also to do visualization, during which, children learn to visualize the digits in the form of beads as in the abacus and do all the manipulations using visual imagery. In fact, the finding of the current research paved the way to label the ALOHA Programme as “The course of Cognitive development”.

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Scientific Study on IMPACT OF ABACUS LEANING OF MENTAL ARITHMETIC ON COGNITIVE ABILITIES OF CHILDREN