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Dr Jack Clearman

Biography:

Jack Clearman studied for his PhD with Dr Denes Szucs at the Centre for Neuroscience in Education,  Department of Psychology. His research focused on the components of working memory, executive function, and relationships to mathematics with additional investigations into developmental dyscalculia.

Although dyscalculia, a problem learning math skills, is as prevalent as dyslexia there is a fraction of the research done on the topic. Of this work, focus has been placed on a core deficit of numerical processing and magnitude representation. This approach largely ignores the heterogeneous nature of the learning disorder. Dyscalculiacs may also report issues of spatial awareness, face blindness, and co-morbidity with ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning disorders.

Jack's work aimed to compartmentalize a newly suggested aspect of dyscalculia: working memory and its subsidiaries, specifically visual/spatial working memory (VWM). To do so his plans were to implement tasks such interference suppression, visual tracking, and memory maintenance in adults. This foundational work provided a base dataset on VWM for further work with children, and finally dyscalculics. To bolster behavioral data, eye tracking and electrophysiology (EEG) hardware were implemented to better understand relationships between eye movements (saccade, fixation, antisaccade), neural activity, and visual working memory. This study brought together, the fields of psychology, neuroscience, cognition, and education.

Research Interests

  • Working memory. Specifically the visio-spatial domain

  • Maths & Developmental Dyscalculia

  • Numerical cognintion

Keywords

  • executive function
  • visual cognition
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • memory
  • Child Development
  • inhibition
  • learning
  • developmental dyscalculia
  • EEG

Key Publications

  • Clearman J, Klinger V, Szűcs D. (2016). Visuospatial and verbal memory in mental arithmetic. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2016.1209534