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Neurocognitive mechanisms of mathematical giftedness: A literature review

Zhang, Li and Gan, John Q and Wang, Haixian (2017) 'Neurocognitive mechanisms of mathematical giftedness: A literature review.' Applied Neuropsychology: Child, 6 (1). 79 - 94. ISSN 2162-2965

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: EEG, fMRI, mathematically gifted children/adolescents, neurocognitive mechanism
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2016 10:06
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2018 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17105

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