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Does bodily movement enhance mathematical problem solving ? Behavioral and neurophysiological evidence

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The present pilot study investigates how bodily movement and mental motion interact during solving of different types of mathematical tasks. In an experimental study, subjects performed algebraic, geometric, and numerical reasoning tasks at three complexity levels under static and dynamic postural control affordances during sitting. Electroencephalographic brain activity was recorded at resting baseline and during all experimental conditions. Results support the hypothesis that bodily movement has a positive effect on cognitive processing of demanding cognitive tasks. Moreover, our results indicate that mental symbolic transformations are processed within a visuo-motor representation that is aligned with the mental representation of physical space.
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hal-01286907 , version 1 (11-03-2016)

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Diana Henz, Reinhard Oldenburg, Wolfgang I. Schöllhorn. Does bodily movement enhance mathematical problem solving ? Behavioral and neurophysiological evidence. CERME 9 - Ninth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Education; ERME, Feb 2015, Prague, Czech Republic. pp.412-418. ⟨hal-01286907⟩
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