The Brannon lab has formed a partnership with several charter elementary schools in Philadelphia. We are conducting a series of behavioral studies exploring how game based applications or “apps” can be used as a platform for improving mathematical skills. We have recently developed a prehistoric themed app where a cave man presents the player with sets of objects to add and subtract. This game, which we call approximate arithmetic, allows children to practice adding and subtracting sets of pictures at different difficulty levels. Previous research in our lab has revealed that adults show specific improvements in speed and accuracy of complex arithmetic skills following six days of approximate arithmetic training. We are exploring how engaging children of all ages in this approximate arithmetic app can show benefits for school based mathematics.
Below is a video of the Primitive Numbers application that was developed for the purpose of assessing an individual’s approximate number system.