Most brain development in children occurs primarily before the age of 14, with much of that development taking place in the first several years of life. Children retain significant “neuroplasticity”, meaning brain adaptability that allows growth and inter-connection of brain neurons.
The UCMAS Program is designed to develop the integrated and motoring functions from both sides of the brain. When children manipulate the beads of the Abacus,
communication between the hands and the brain stimulates the brain’s right and lefthemispheres. The right hemisphere – abstract side – creates an image memory of the beads on the Abacus while the left hemisphere – logical side – applies the requisite rules to perform the calculation.
Because the right hemisphere of the brain is much faster than the left, when the students exercise the right side through ‘visualization’, this results in strengthening the right-brain capabilities such as:
- Photographic memory
- Perform complex calculations
- Conversion of images to words, numbers and symbols and the reverse
- Ability to process information on an intuitive level
When both sides of the brain are activated through the UCMAS training, students can achieve calculations speeds previously only attainable by math geniuses.
Beyond math, our whole brain development technique ignites a cognitive firestorm in our students, who apply skills learned through our program in every area of their life. Better focus and concentration coupled with enhanced creativity and memory help students swiftly determine
the component parts of a problem and devise a viable solution – and not just in Math – but in navigating effectively through every day life.
What is right brain development all about?
Modern society and the educational system tend to discriminate against the right hemisphere and nonverbal forms of intellect.
Experiments show that most children rank highly creative ( right brain) before entering school. Because our educational systems place a higher value on left brain skills such as mathematics, logic and language than it does on drawing or using our imagination, only ten percent of these same children will rank highly creative by age 7. By the time we are adults, high creativity remains in only 2 percent of the population.
Recent studies have shown that the abacus method of mental calculctive in the development of the right brain. At first, this idea was only a hypothesis, but the recent development of high-tech brain imaging equipment has helped provide tangible research data. Thanks to the development of cerebral physiology and imaging equipment that can accurately measure the amount of blood flow in the brain, recent studies have proven that the abacus method of mental calculation is extremely effective in activating the right brain. According to the research, the learning and thinking process is enhanced when both sides of the brain participate in a balanced manner.