The MMAD Lab
at the Centre for Neuroscience in Education
Human mathematics is the fascinating product of thousands of years of cultural evolution and is more important than ever in today's technologically advanced society. Still, a considerable proportion of adults have very poor mathematical competence, many children have mathematical learning disabilities and others show high anxiety levels about situations involving mathematics.
Our aim is to understand both cognitive and emotional aspects of mathematical development. Much of our research is conducted on children. Childhood represents a period when the important building blocks of mathematical knowledge are put in place, thus research during this stage can provide great insight into developmental trajectories relating to number and mathematics. Taking an Educational Neuroscientific approach, we study how the full range of educational achievements relate to cognitive and emotional factors in typically achieving children, children with mathematical learning problems, and gifted children. However, a significant amount of our research is also conducted on adults. This is similarly insightful, for it helps us better understand the differences between child and adult cognition relating to maths and memory. The knowledge gained from our research aims to prevent and/or remediate cognitive and emotional mathematical learning problems and, we hope, will ultimately improve the level of mathematical competence in the whole population.
The MMAD Lab’s research falls into three main areas:
- The typical development of maths skills - MATHS DEVELOPMENT
- Maths and memory - MEMORY
- The atypical development of maths skills - ANXIETY, DYSCALCULIA & others
(Our research programme has been funded by the James S McDonnel Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation, the Wiener Anspach Foundation and the Medical Research Council of the UK.)
We are almost always looking for people to take part in our research. If you are interested in doing so, please click here for more information about current opportunities.