CE28 - Cognition, éducation, formation tout au long de la vie

How Domain-general Functions Contribute to the Development of Numerical Competencies – DFCDNC

Submission summary

The project aims at disentangling the differential contribution of domain-general (i.e. inhibition and attention) and domain-specific
factors to the development numerical competencies such as mental arithmetic in infancy and childhood. During three consecutive
years, we plan to measure four cohorts of infants and children, aged between 1 and 7 years at start. Using both standardized tests
and tailored experimental parameters, we will measure the children’s domain-general and domain-specific competencies. In addition,
we will measure the neural correlates of arithmetic and domain-general competencies in children using functional magnetic
resonance imaging to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the neural development that parallels the behavioral performance.
In year four, we will compare the effect of two training measures that are tailored to either improve (a) domain-specific or (b)
domain-general capacities in the context of mental arithmetic in third and fourth-grade children.

Project coordinator

Monsieur André Knops (Laboratoire de Psychologie du Développement et de l'Education de l'enfant (LaPsyDE))

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


UPDescartes - UMR 8242 Laboratoire psychologie de la perception (LPP)
UPDescartes - UMR 8240 Laboratoire de Psychologie du Développement et de l'Education de l'enfant (LaPsyDE)

Help of the ANR 433,518 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: December 2018 - 48 Months

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