Our lab is unique in that it includes researchers from cognitive psychology, neuroscience and education. The overarching goal of the our research is to identify the cognitive processes underlying functions that are critical to human learning and development, such as reasoning and numerical cognition. A major objective is to evaluate how this knowledge could help inform education, and how education research can inform cognitive theories.
To address these questions, we use a combination of behavioral assessments and brain imaging techniques, such as electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). You can find on this page a short description of some of our main research questions.
How can we conclude that Moscow is north of New-York from the premises Moscow is north of Paris and Paris is north of New-York? Several of our projects explore the cognitive mechanisms underlying these sorts of deductions. We are particularly interested in determining whether different types of deductions involve different mechanisms, how early these mechanisms mature and to what extent reasoning abilities contribute to school achievement.
Our research focuses on two building blocks of numerical cognition, i.e., basic number knowledge and arithmetic processing. We study how these abilities emerge over development and education, how they are impaired in children with learning disabilities, and how they are expressed in adults. We are also particularly interested in exploring the links between math competence and visuo-spatial processing.