Welcome to the Mathematics, Reasoning and Learning Lab at Rutgers University, led by Miriam Rosenberg-Lee, PhD. The MRLab is focused on understanding why some individuals struggle to learn mathematical information, while others succeed easily. We use outside-the-scanner training with functional neuroimaging to understand the brain changes that accompany real-world learning. We then use this information to improve and refine instruction. We study a variety of populations, including children, and adults, with diverse backgrounds and ability levels.
Mathematical thinking is not a basic function of the human brain. And yet, through formal education and concerted practice, most individuals are able to learn complex, abstract mathematical concepts. In the MRLab, we seek to understand how disparate brain areas come together to accomplish mathematical thought.
Mathematical Learning Disabilities
Many individuals struggle to learn mathematical information and some have a specific learning disability in mathematics, sometimes called developmental dyscalculia. We are interested in understanding the brain basis of these difficulties and using that information to inform learning programs.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Despite popular perception, not all individuals with autism have spared or enhanced math skills. In the MRLab we aim to uncover the brain basis of mathematics learning for individuals on the spectrum and use this information to develop and tailor learning problems for the unique cognitive profies of individuals with autism.
Social, Emotional, and Economic Factors
Success in mathematics depends on factors beyond cognitive capacities and learning experiences. We are beginning to explore the effects of social, emotional, and economic factors on math learning.