Cognitive Development Lab


6-11 Year Olds (Elementary And Middle School) Studies


Research Interests?
The goal of our current research is to gain understanding of the development of mathematical and scientific reasoning abilities in children. An important aspect of this project is to investigate how children learn mathematical concepts from different materials.

For example, how do the symbols and physical representations of mathematical concepts that we learn affect our ability to apply that knowledge in novel situations in the future? How do children mentally represent numbers? And what do they know about numbers and counting at different stages of development? In various studies, students will learn a new concept through a learning activity. These activities take place at the school.

One of our research associates will present the concept to the student either via computer or with physical material (for example physical manipulates or flash cards). The activities present information and also ask questions. All of the learning activities are designed to be engaging and most students find these activities to be fun!

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How can you Participate?
If you would like to participate, please contact our lab. We conduct studies with elementary and middle school children at several participating Columbus area schools. It is important to note that permission slips and study information for studies conducted at elementary and middle schools are distributed and collected at participating facilities. In those studies, children participate at their school during their regular school day. If you would like to find out if your child’s school is participating in our research, please contact us. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

How to Contact Us?
Phone: (614) 688-3970
Email: coglab@osu.edu
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