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Abstract Title: A Meta-analysis of Brain-behavior Correlations in Problem Solving
Abstract: Human brain mapping methods offer the opportunity to provide biological evidence of student engagement in physics conceptual reasoning and problem solving tasks. We identified brain networks associated with physics problem solving via a quantitative meta-analysis of component cognitive processes such as deductive reasoning, spatial skills, and mathematical calculations. This study assembled functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data from the BrainMap database [1] and used computational data mining techniques to identify the neural correlates associated with these cognitive processes. The present results were designed to provide groundwork for larger fMRI work in the domain of PER. Ultimately, we aim to use this work as the first phase of a study seeking to identify biological evidence to operationalize engagement, embodied experience, and conceptual metaphor in physics problem solving.

Abstract Footnotes: [1] Laird AR, Lancaster Jl, Fox PT: BrainMap: The social evolution of a human brain mapping database. Neuroinformatics 2005, 3:65-78
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jessica E Bartley
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, CP 204
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-2605
Fax: (305) 348-0484
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eric Brewe*

Angela R Laird*

*Florida International University