Group Comparison in Arithmetic Skills: Enumeration, Magnitude Comparisons, and Number Stroop Task Reflected in Event-Related Potential

Project: National Science and Technology CouncilNational Science and Technology Council Academic Grants

Project Details


Mathematical achievement is one of the foundations for a thriving society. Numerical difficulties are linked to lack of progress in education, increased unemployment, and reduced salary and job opportunities. The core deficit underlying mathematics difficulties (MD) may be in “number sense” a term denoting the ability to picture and manipulate number magnitude on an internal number line. First year, this study will use event-related brain potentials to investigate the differences between 20 high math anxious and 20 low math anxious individuals when processing enumeration, Arabic number comparison, and number Stroop task. Second year, we plan to measure event-related brain potentials in 20 abacus-trained children and 20 control children as they perform enumeration, Arabic number comparison, and number Stroop task. Adult participants will be selected from a sample of 200 university students who will be assessed on math anxiety. Twenty participants who scored below the first quartile on Abbreviated Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale (a-MARS) will be the low math anxiety group. Also, twenty participants who scored below the third quartile on a-MARS will be the high math anxiety group.

Project IDs

Project ID:PF10406-3148
External Project ID:MOST104-2511-S182-001
Effective start/end date01/08/1531/07/16


  • Math anxiety
  • Abacus training
  • Enumeration
  • Arabic number comparison
  • Number Stroop task


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