Neural processes involving basic mathematical computations seem to be culture-specific. Native Chinese speakers use a different region of the brain to do simple arithmetic (3 + 4) or decide which number is larger than native English speakers do, even though both use Arabic numerals. The Chinese use the circuits that process visual and spatial information and plan movements (the latter may be related to the use of the abacus). English speakers use language circuits. (Sharon Begley, Sharon. West Brain, East Brain - What a difference culture makes. Newsweek Magazine, March 1 issue, 2010.)