UNLV Department of Psychology
Math Cognition Lab
Director: Mark Ashcraft, Ph. D.
The UNLV Math Cognition lab studies the cognitive processes involved in mathematics, including basic arithmetic and counting, and how factors such as attention and working memory affect our math abilities. The lab also examines how math anxiety and theories of intelligence affect mathematical performance. The aim of this research is to gain a better understanding of the developmental aspects of mathematical competencies and to determine the underlying brain mechanisms associated with mathematics. These studies have a wide array of implications for the field of psychological cognition as a whole, as well as applied aspects in development of strategies for teaching mathematics.