Cognitive Neuroscience of Mathematical Skill Development

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Project Overview
Background & Purpose: 

The overall goal of our project is to investigate the development of mental arithmetic skills using a cognitive and systems neuroscience approach. We will investigate the neural basis of math skill development in children, adolescents and adults in relation to changes in strategy and maturation of memory and attention systems. Findings from our proposed studies will be used to inform the development of academic and educational programs for teaching mathematical and symbolic reasoning to children.

Research Design: 

The research design for this project is both longitudinal and cross-sectional, and is designed to generate evidence that is descriptive [design research], associative/correlational [analytic essay], causal [experimental methods and statistical modeling], and synthetic [meta-analysis].

This project collects original data through a variety of methods including assessments of learning/achievement tests, observation, and survey research including paper and pencil self-completion questionnaires, structured interviewer-administered questionnaires [face-to-face, computer assisted personal interviews (CAPI), telephone, and computer assisted telephone interviews (CATI)], semi-structured/informal interviews (face-to-face, and telephone), and imaging. Instruments and measures include structured interview questions, surveys, multiple-choice tests of knowledge, keyboard and mouse actions. Instruments used include WIAT-II, WASI, WMTB-C, MARS-E, KeyMath. There are plans to make originally-collected data available for use by others. Plans for analysis include general linear modeling, hierarchical regression, and classification.


Findings will be posted as they become available.

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