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Neuroscience, Mathematics, and Education
Friday, April 16, 2010 - 3:15pm

Portland State University
Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics

The Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series*

Daniel Schwartz
~School of Education,
Stanford University ~
Neuroscience, Mathematics, and Education

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.

Friday, April 16, 2010, 3:15pm
School of Business Administration room 140
(Refreshments served at 3:00 in same location)

* Sponsored by the Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series Fund and the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics, PSU. This event is free and open to the public.