Dr. David Sousa: "If memorizing arithmetic tables is so difficult, how does our brain eventually manage to do it? One of our strongest innate talents is the ability to acquire spoken language. We have specific brain regions in the frontal and temporal lobes that specialize in handling language. Faced with the challenge of memorizing arithmetic facts, our brain responds by recording them in verbal memory, a sizable and durable part of our language processing system. Most of us can still recall items in our verbal memory, such as poems and songs, that we learned many years ago."
Via Maggie Rouman