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Neuroscience, mathematics, and education.
Friday, April 16, 2010 - 3:15pm

Dan Schwartz, Professor of Education, Stanford University will speak at the Maseeh Colloquium on Friday, April 16 at 3:15pm. Please contact the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics for room location.

Title: Neuroscience, mathematics, and education.

Abstract: Cognitive neuroscience investigates intelligent behavior, for example, attention, visual search, memory, decision making. It is just beginning to investigate mathematics. The goal of this talk is to give some idea of the constraints and benefits of brain-based methods, specifically fMRI, while also sharing some of the recent findings on mathematical thinking. A second goal is to consider three ways that neuroscience might influence mathematics education: clinical, direct to instruction, and theoretical. The talk will present some new findings as test case of whether the theoretical approach is satisfying to mathematicians and educators. The question to be addressed through fMRI is how people make meaning of abstract mathematical concepts.