What does it take to solve math problems?

Study Background:

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.

Study Description:

Adults will solve complex symbolic math problems as well as simple tasks that ask which of two stimuli is more numerous or larger. Children (ages 8-10) will complete the adult tasks (symbolic math problems), as well as tasks measuring basic mathematical knowledge (simple addition or subtraction) and conceptual knowledge (knowledge of principles).


This study will take approximately *30-60 minutes* and can be completed at a time most convenient for you! In the case of your child’s participation, we do ask that you actively monitor your child’s participation to ensure that they complete the activities according to the instructions. Please also ensure that you access the links below (for both the adult study and the kid study) on a computer, as a keyboard is required for participation!

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