Research Fellow, Faculty of Science
I am a postdoctoral researcher working with Lucy Cragg (University of Nottingham) and Professor Camilla Gilmore (Centre for Mathematical Cognition, Loughborough University) on a 3year ESRC funded project which investigates the role of cognitive skills in mathematics learning. Prior to this, I completed my PhD at Loughborough University (2020), where I investigated the factors that influence arithmetic strategy choice.
My research interests are in mathematical cognition, and understanding how different skills can contribute to mathematics success. My specific interests are in arithmetic strategy selection and switching between arithmetic strategies, and separately, patterning skills in early childhood.
I am currently investigating the role of inhibition in different mathematical and non-mathematical tasks. I am to build an understanding of how domain-specific/domain-general inhibition is (i.e. the… read more
I am currently investigating the role of inhibition in different mathematical and non-mathematical tasks. I am to build an understanding of how domain-specific/domain-general inhibition is (i.e. the extent to which inhibition can transfer across different tasks), and to investigate how inhibition contributes to the learning of multiplication facts.
I investigated the role of different skills in the selection of novel arithmetic strategies; I developed a new tool that can capture the first-time an individual uses/discovers an arithmetic strategy implicitly, i.e. without having to ask people about the strategies they use. In a series of lab-based studies and classroom-intervention studies, I investigated the role of attention, working memory, inhibition and mathematics-specific skills, in strategy discovery.
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