Daniel Ansari, Tier 1 CRC of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning
Jointy held in the Faculties of Education and Social Science
Funded through the Canadian Institute for Health Research
Studies have shown that numerical skills obtained in the early years are an even more important predictor of life success than are reading abilities. But there’s a paucity of research investigating how children learn about numbers and why some children struggle with math. Ansari’s research program aims to isolate the best predictors of mathematical success using both behavioural and brain-imaging methods. He is developing a screening tool to be used in countries across the globe to identify children at risk of falling behind in math. The work may well transform our understanding of children’s mathematical abilities.