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THE DEVELOPING MINDS LAB

At Penn’s Developing Minds Lab,  we study the primitive number sense that children come into the world with even before they learn to count.  Our work is aimed at testing the idea that primitive number sense helps children gain a foothold into learning math.  We study changes that happen in the brain as children become symbolic mathematical thinkers. Our studies include infants, school aged-children and adults and use a host of behavioral and neurobiological tools. 

Congrats Dr. Emily Szkudlarek

Emily Szkudlarek defended her dissertation this summer and is now a post-doc at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her thesis explores the role of intuitive arithmetic of developing mathematical skill.

Minds in The Wild

Penn Today, Sep 2019

“I’m interested in the foundations of our mathematical mind: how babies come into the world with a sense of quantity, what kind they have, and how that then gets morphed into a more elaborate representation when children learn to count and use number words,” explains Brannon.

Congrats to Dr. Stephanie Bugden!

Congrats to Dr. Stephanie Bugden on an NICHD K Award! This award will continue to fund her research on brain changes associated with learning number words.