The School of Psychology will be hosting a free public lecture presented by Professor Brian Butterworth, titled "The Science of Failing to Learn Arithmetic".
Although many children (and adults) can struggle with arithmetic, approximately 3-6% of the population suffer from a serious handicap called "developmental dyscalculia" - a disorder as prevalent as dyslexia, but often little recognised.
Professor Butterworth will discuss recent research that has identified neurological deficits in the brains of those with discalculia that prevents them from representing even simple number concepts. Uncovering this deficit not only allows those with the disorder to be identified, but also offers an opportunity to help sufferers learn maths using structured teaching and adaptive software.
Brian Butterworth is Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology in the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London (UCL), of which he was a founding member. In 2007 he co-founded the Centre for Educational Neuroscience, a collaboration of UCL with the Institute of Education and Birkbeck College. His recent research has focused on the neural and genetic basis of numerical abilities, and on how to help learners who struggle with arithmetic.
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