How do individuals solve complex math problems?

For children ages: 8-10 year olds AND adults


Study Description


Math plays a substantial role in children and adults’ lives. During their formal education, children accrue knowledge of numbers and number systems (such as whole numbers, fractions and decimals), as well as knowledge about mathematical rules (for example, solving math expressions in parenthesis, then multiplication and division, and then addition and subtraction). Adults might use formal notation to visualize mathematical thinking. Recent research has shown that, in addition, several domain-general skills called “executive functions” also play a role in developing mathematical skills. This study aims to replicate this finding.




Adults will solve complex symbolic math problems as well as simple tasks that ask which of two stimuli is more numerous or larger. This takes no more than 30 minutes.

Children will complete the adult tasks, as well as tasks measuring basic mathematical knowledge (simple addition or subtraction) and conceptual knowledge (knowledge of principles). In total, this should take no more than 1 hour.


To Participate


For ADULTS to participate in this study, please click the link here!


Kids’ study link COMING SOON!


PLEASE NOTE: to participate, you will need to access that link in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.



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