Research project The aim of the research project is to examine brain activity during learning with and without understanding. In a model situation during fMRI, the participants either learn the meaning of symbols or associations between figure types.
Many students do not understand the mathematics and thereby do not develop problem-solving ability. Theories have pointed to the importance of Analytical-Relational knowledge and argued that it is fundamental for higher thought processes and critical for the understanding of mathematical concepts. Little is known about what distinguishes mathematics learning with and without understanding in terms of brain activity and brain structures involved. This study uses functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine brain activity during learning of relations or associations, which can be linked to understanding or lack of understanding in a learning situation.
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