One of the main goals of the Math Neuroscience and Education Program is to identify children at risk for math learning differences before elementary school. We believe that understanding the root causes of math challenges early in the development will better inform effective interventions.
In order to acomplish this goal, we are going to develop a web-based assessment platform specifically designed to be child-friendly and deployable in large scale. This platoform will host a variety of gamified tasks that have been shown to be robust predictors of math achievement in children (math primitives).
We are also going to include some new experimental tasks that we belive constitute the cognitive start-up tools for human symbolic reasoning (i.e. reading, math, music, programming). One of our hypothesis is that these logical primities will be powerful measures to explain the co-occurences between math and reading challenges.