The change of the brain activation patterns as children learn algebra equation solving

Yulin Qin, Cameron S Carter, Eli M. Silk, V. Andrew Stenger, Kate Fissell, Adam Goode, John R. Anderson

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Abstract

In a brain imaging study of children learning algebra, it is shown that the same regions are active in children solving equations as are active in experienced adults solving equations. As with adults, practice in symbol manipulation produces a reduced activation in prefrontal cortex area. However, unlike adults, practice seems also to produce a decrease in a parietal area that is holding an image of the equation. This finding suggests that adolescents' brain responses are more plastic and change more with practice. These results are integrated in a cognitive model that predicts both the behavioral and brain imaging results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5686-5691
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume101
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 13 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • General

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