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Dr. Dotan Dror

Faculty of Humanities Tel Aviv University


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Categories: Cognition of programming, Numerical cognition

Research topic:

  • The cognitive mechanisms of number processing
  • Math-related learning disabilities
  • Improving math teaching using insights from number-cognition research
  • The relation between the cognitive mechanisms of number processing and language processing
  • What are the cognitive abilities that make good programmers?

Research methods:

  • Neuropsychology – experiments with individuals with impairments in language processing or number processing.
  • Classical cognitive psychology behavioral experiments.
  • Analysis of finger trajectories in decision tasks.
  • Analysis of pen trajectories in writing tasks.
  • Intervention (teaching) programs – in the lab.
  • Web-based intervention programs

Projects in the lab include:

  • How do we read and write numbers, and why can’t some of us do it? Understanding the cognitive mechanisms of number reading and writing, and the learning disabilities that affect these processes.
  • The syntax of numbers The mental representation of multi-digit as hierarchies, and its relation to the hierarchical representation of sentences.
  • How can we help children learn the multiplication table? Revealing how arithmetic facts are stored in memory, and finding ways to make their memorization easier.
  • How do programmers think of programs? Discover how programmers mentally represent the structure of computer programs.