Analysis of anatomic variability in children with low mathematical skills

Han Zhaoying, Lynn Fuchs, Nikki Davis, Christopher J. Cannistraci, Adam W. Anderson, John C. Gore, Benoit M. Dawant

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Abstract

Mathematical difficulty affects approximately 5-9% of the population. Studies on individuals with dyscalculia, a neurologically based math disorder, provide important insight into the neural correlates of mathematical ability. For example, cognitive theories, neuropsychological studies, and functional neuroimaging studies in individuals with dyscalculia suggest that the bilateral parietal lobes and intraparietal sulcus are central to mathematical performance. The purpose of the present study was to investigate morphological differences in a group of third grade children with poor math skills. We compare population averages of children with low math skill (MD) to gender and age matched controls with average math ability. Anatomical data were gathered with high resolution MRI and four different population averaging methods were used to study the effect of the normalization technique on the results. Statistical results based on the deformation fields between the two groups show anatomical differences in the bilateral parietal lobes, right frontal lobe, and left occipital/parietal lobe.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2008 - Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Imaging 2008 - Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 17 Feb 200819 Feb 2008

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
Volume6916
ISSN (Print)1605-7422

Conference

ConferenceMedical Imaging 2008 - Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period17/02/0819/02/08

Keywords

  • Deformation based morphometry
  • MRI
  • Mathematical difficulties

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