Behavioral equivalence, but not neural equivalence - Neural evidence of alternative strategies in mathematical thinking

Myeong Ho Sohn, Adam Goode, Kenneth R. Koedinger, V. Andrew Stenger, Kate Fissell, Cameron S Carter, John R. Anderson

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In a functional magnetic resonance imaging study, we investigated how people solve mathematically equivalent problems presented in two alternative formats: verbal, story format or symbolic, equation format. Although representation format had no effect on behavior, anterior prefrontal activation was greater in the story condition and posterior parietal activation was greater in the equation condition. These results show that there exist alternative neural pathways that implement different and yet equally efficient problem-solving strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1193-1194
Number of pages2
JournalNature Neuroscience
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2004


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  • Neuroscience(all)

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