Mathematical Cognition Group

The Mathematical Cognition Group focuses on understanding the processes by which students come to understand mathematical ideas.

MCG’s research investigates the cognitive processes by which students come to understand mathematical concepts and perform mathematical tasks, with a view to improving educational practice.

The group has a particular reputation for its work on numerical cognition and mathematical reasoning. Notable recent projects have studied the different roles of executive functions in procedural and conceptual aspects of mathematics across childhood and adolescence (funded by the ESRC and Royal Society), the relationship between advanced mathematical study and general reasoning development (Royal Society), the role of children’s spontaneous attention to numerical aspects of the environment in their school mathematics achievement (ESRC), and expert/novice differences in mathematical reading strategies (HEA, OUP and ESRC). Many aspects of this research have been discussed in the media (including the New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Times, Daily Mail, BBC News, Times Educational Supplement, The Sun, and Radio 4), and we frequently receive invitations to disseminate our work to audiences of teachers and other educational practitioners.

Open Science policy

Members of the Mathematics Cognition Group subscribe to an open science policy.

You can read the group's policy Open Science policy below

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