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Laura Epton

Research Assistant

I am the Research Project Co-ordinator for the Brain4Maths project.

The study aims to examine the differences in the brain that explain differences in maths abilities, and the impact of traits and attitudes on brain development and maths ability.

We are interested in understanding how the brain is organised, processed information and performs tasks relating to numbers. We do not have a good understanding yet which parts of the brain help with processing numbers, such as adding two numbers or solving an equation. This knowledge might help in the future to improve the functioning of these brain areas to improve performance.

We are investigating this by using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) brain scans which are safe and non-invasive. We also ask participants to conduct a series of puzzles and games to measure their maths' abilities and attitudes towards maths.

A longitudinal study we carry our the sessions again after 18 and 24 months depending on the participant's stage of education.

My role is to recruit and screen potential participants, host families during the scanning sessions and build relationships and communications to keep participants engaged in the study. I also aim to build links with schools and the wider community to recruit participants and engage communities in the study.

Interested in participating?

Children and young people can take part in our brain research. We are recruiting 6, 10, 14 year olds and AS level students.

Visit Brain4Maths or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Alternatively, if you have links with local schools or organisations who you think would help promote the study, please get in touch or share our Facebook page. Thank you!