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Neurocognitive mechanisms of mathematical giftedness: A literature review.
Appl Neuropsychol Child. 2017 Jan-Mar; 6(1):79-94.AN

Abstract

Mathematically gifted children/adolescents have demonstrated exceptional abilities and traits in logical reasoning, mental imagery, and creative thinking. In the field of cognitive neuroscience, the past studies on mathematically gifted brains have concentrated on investigating event-related brain activation regions, cerebral laterality of cognitive functions, functional specialization that is uniquely dedicated for specific cognitive purposes, and functional interactions among discrete brain regions. From structural and functional perspectives, these studies have witnessed both "general" and "unique" neural characteristics of mathematically gifted brains. In this article, the theoretical background, empirical studies, and neurocognitive mechanisms of mathematically gifted children/adolescents are reviewed. Based on the integration of the findings, some potential directions for the future research are identified and discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Department of Medical Imaging , Bengbu Medical College , Bengbu , Anhui 233030 , China. b Key Lab of Child Development and Learning Science of Ministry of Education, Research Center for Learning Science , Southeast University , Nanjing , Jiangsu 210096 , China.b Key Lab of Child Development and Learning Science of Ministry of Education, Research Center for Learning Science , Southeast University , Nanjing , Jiangsu 210096 , China. c School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering , University of Essex , Colchester , UK.b Key Lab of Child Development and Learning Science of Ministry of Education, Research Center for Learning Science , Southeast University , Nanjing , Jiangsu 210096 , China.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27049546

Citation

Zhang, Li, et al. "Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Mathematical Giftedness: a Literature Review." Applied Neuropsychology. Child, vol. 6, no. 1, 2017, pp. 79-94.
Zhang L, Gan JQ, Wang H. Neurocognitive mechanisms of mathematical giftedness: A literature review. Appl Neuropsychol Child. 2017;6(1):79-94.
Zhang, L., Gan, J. Q., & Wang, H. (2017). Neurocognitive mechanisms of mathematical giftedness: A literature review. Applied Neuropsychology. Child, 6(1), 79-94. https://doi.org/10.1080/21622965.2015.1119692
Zhang L, Gan JQ, Wang H. Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Mathematical Giftedness: a Literature Review. Appl Neuropsychol Child. 2017 Jan-Mar;6(1):79-94. PubMed PMID: 27049546.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Neurocognitive mechanisms of mathematical giftedness: A literature review. AU - Zhang,Li, AU - Gan,John Q, AU - Wang,Haixian, Y1 - 2016/04/06/ PY - 2016/4/7/pubmed PY - 2017/2/2/medline PY - 2016/4/7/entrez KW - EEG KW - fMRI KW - mathematically gifted children/adolescents KW - neurocognitive mechanism SP - 79 EP - 94 JF - Applied neuropsychology. Child JO - Appl Neuropsychol Child VL - 6 IS - 1 N2 - Mathematically gifted children/adolescents have demonstrated exceptional abilities and traits in logical reasoning, mental imagery, and creative thinking. In the field of cognitive neuroscience, the past studies on mathematically gifted brains have concentrated on investigating event-related brain activation regions, cerebral laterality of cognitive functions, functional specialization that is uniquely dedicated for specific cognitive purposes, and functional interactions among discrete brain regions. From structural and functional perspectives, these studies have witnessed both "general" and "unique" neural characteristics of mathematically gifted brains. In this article, the theoretical background, empirical studies, and neurocognitive mechanisms of mathematically gifted children/adolescents are reviewed. Based on the integration of the findings, some potential directions for the future research are identified and discussed. SN - 2162-2973 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27049546/Neurocognitive_mechanisms_of_mathematical_giftedness:_A_literature_review_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21622965.2015.1119692 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -