Math Neuroscience and Education Program UCSF Dyslexia Center
We are establishing a new Math Neuroscience and Education Program within the UCSF Dyslexia Center in order to better understand, prevent, and alleviate math difficulties. This program has three main goals:
Identify children at risk for math learning differences before elementary school.
Discover the neural bases of different subtypes of dyscalculia.
Develop neuroscience-based interventions specifically tailored to individual profiles.
Traditionally, research in this domain has been limited to a small number of specific brain regions and focused only on cognitive weaknesses. On the other hand, our framework encompasses the whole brain network and aims to discover the potential cognitive and emotional strengths of children with dyscalculia. We plan to use a multimethodological approach, combining data from:
Neuroimaging (functional magnetic resonance imaging - fMRI, white matter tractography - DTI).
Neuropsychology (standardized tests of attention, memory, executive functions).
Education (standardized tests of academic achievement)
Socioeconomics (socioeconomical status, first language)
Emotional (general anxiety, math anxiety and depression questionnaires)
What do we need to accomplish our goals?
We plan to create a variety of technological products that can be deployed on a large scale and combined with additional collaborative initiatives with the UCSF Dyslexia Center:
Multitudes: A web-based assessment platform with child-friendly gamified battery of tests to investigate elementary math abilities. This goal of this platform is to identify children at risk for dyscalculia, to characterize the individual math difficulties profiles and to measure the efficacy of interventions.