Dr. Alyssa Kersey
The goals of my research are to understand how children acquire basic numerical concepts in early childhood and how they build on that knowledge to learn new mathematical concepts. I am specifically interested in the role of gesture in mathematical and conceptual learning. Gesture helps children learn new concepts and generalize those concepts more broadly, but it is not clear why gesture facilitates learning. By measuring the neural activity of children who learn math concepts with and without gesture, we hope to better understand how gesture promotes learning and how the developing brain supports the acquisition of math concepts.