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Brains are bad at big numbers, making it impossible to grasp what a million COVID-19 deaths really means

By Lindsey Hasak, Doctoral Candidate in Developmental and Psychological Sciences, Stanford University
Elizabeth Y. Toomarian, Director, Brainwave Learning Center, Synapse School & Research Associate, Stanford University
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The brain can count small numbers or compare large ones. But it struggles to understand the value of a single large number. This fact may be influencing how people react to numbers about the pandemic.The Conversation


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