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Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 56 (2012) 175 – 182

International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (ICTLHE 2012) in conjunction with RCEE & RHED 2012

A Conceptual Framework for Mathematical Ability Analysis through the Lens of Cultural Neuroscience Aisha Mahmooda, *, Mohd Fauzi Othmanb, Yudariah Mohammad Yusof c b

Centre for Engineering Education, School of Graduate Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM Skudai, 81310, Johor,Malaysia Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Semarak, 54100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia c Department of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM Skudai, 81310 Johor,Malaysia

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Abstract This paper present a conceptual framework that will be used for analyzing divergence in mathematical thinking, skills, abilities, processes and achievements in mathematics through the lens of cultural neuroscience. The bidirectional interface between mathematical thinking and cultural neuroscience is used to explore different learning styles, cognition patterns and neural activities in response of mathematical thinking influenced by culture. Research questions are emerged as how do innate mathematical abilities, plasticity of the young brains and the mathematical cultural environment contribute to mathematical thinking? Why do a group of students from one ethnicity tend to achieve higher scores in mathematics than a group of students from another ethnicity? How does cultural neuroscience report the differences in mathematical thinking and learning trajectories? How does culture accelerate the mathematical thinking? © 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer-review under responsibility of of Centre of Engineering Education, 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer-review under responsibility Centre of Engineering Education, Universiti...