Neuroscientific studies of mathematical thinking and learning: a critical look from a mathematics education viewpoint. (English)

ZDM, Math. Educ. 48, No. 3, 385-391 (2016).

Summary: In this commentary we take a critical look at the various studies being reported in this issue about the relationship between cognitive neuroscience and mathematics, from a mathematics education viewpoint. After a discussion of the individual contributions, which we have grouped into three categories ‒ namely neuroscientific studies of (a) children’s numerical magnitude representation, (b) arithmetical thinking, and (c) more advanced mathematical thinking ‒ and which nicely document the scientific progression being made within the domain of educational neuroscience applied to the domain of mathematics education during the last 5 years, we point to some general caveats that should be considered in future research.