“ Achava que as pessoas não iriam compreender a miséria que eu passei e que o melhor era esconder esse período da minha vida. Sentia vergonha. Mas fiquei diferente depois de ver a fotografia. Tomei consciência que é preciso falar. É preciso mostrar o que passámos, sobretudo agora, com a situação política que vivemos...”
This is the first of the two questions asked to some of the speakers in Evolang 2012: Cedric Boeckx, Simon Kirby, Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, Kazuo Okanoya, Simon Fisher, Anna Maria di Sciullo, Antonio Benítez-Burraco, Charles Yang, Lluís Barceló i Coblijn, Koji Fujita, Víctor Longa, Jenny Saffran, Aritz Irurtzun, Joana Rosselló, Mauricio Martins, Bart de Boer, Denis Bouchard, Russell Gray, and James Hurford.
Media tout the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education on a daily basis, and recent research reveals that knowledge of fractions is critical as a foundation for understanding higher-order mathematics and STEM achievement.
Knowing many children and adults struggle to learn the concepts and uses of fractions, Hubbard and Matthews collaborate to explore the brain’s ability to process fractions. Their research suggests children, infants and even non-human primates can understand the basics of fractions at a very early age. How does the brain then use this information to build understanding of fractions expressed as mathematical symbols? Using Professor Hubbard’s Waisman Center laboratory, their work seeks to understand the brain mechanisms that support these abilities, possibly leading to new methods to teach these important concepts.