Paediatrics Publications

Title

Promises and potential pitfalls of a 'cognitive neuroscience of mathematics learning'

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-22-2010

Journal

ZDM - International Journal on Mathematics Education

Volume

42

Issue

6

First Page

655

Last Page

660

URL with Digital Object Identifier

10.1007/s11858-010-0283-4

Abstract

The present commentary discusses the papers of the special issue on 'cognitive neuroscience and mathematics learning' with respect to methodological and theoretical constraints of using neuroscientific methods to study educationally relevant processes associated with mathematics learning. A special focus is laid on the relevance of subject populations, methodological limitations of current neuroimaging methods and theoretical questions concerning the relationship between the well-studied neural correlates of numerical magnitude processing and the less-investigated neural processes underlying higher level mathematical skills, such as algebraic reasoning. © FIZ Karlsruhe 2010.

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