We are an interdisciplinary research hub that combines methods and ideas from psychology, education, and neuroscience to better understand mathematical cognition and learning. Our research has two main goals: (1) To better understand the various factors (e.g., cognitive, neural, socio-emotional, educational) that underlie and shape mathematics learning and performance and (2) ways of using this knowledge to promote understanding, engagement, and positive attitudes towards mathematics.
A major focus of our lab is Spatial Thinking (e.g., the visual-spatial imagination) and its role in learning and development, as well as its potential to increase access, interest, and opportunities in the STEM domains (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
Our approach to research is problem-driven. We are not tied to one methodological approach, but remain open to the best approach to the particular question at hand. This involves drawing from both lab- and field-based methodologies (e.g., experimental, design-research, case studies, fMRI, meta-analyses, etc.) and continually seeking opportunities to build connections between cognitive science and education.
Ultimately, our research program aims to better understand how people learn and how to use this knowledge to help more people reach their potential.