My research project
Spatial cognition and its link to mathematics performance: how and why spatial training interventions can impact mathematics achievement in young children
Spatial training has been shown to improve mathematics performance in childhood. However, there are several gaps in our theoretical understanding of how and why spatial training impacts mathematics. In this PhD, I will investigate differences in the impact of small-scale (e.g. desktop games) and large-scale (e.g. navigation) spatial training on mathematics performance in children. No known studies have explored the possibility of training large-scale spatial ability in children of this age. Second, I will measure brain activity during the completion of spatial and mathematics tasks, before and after our spatial intervention, thus investigating possible neural changes induced by our spatial training paradigm. Finally, I will explore the generalisability of using spatial training in the classroom by testing our spatial intervention on individuals with Down Syndrome. Taken together, this body of research will expand our understanding of spatial training and its implementation in primary education settings.