Dr Anna Wilson completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oregon, specialising in mathematical cognition in adults and special education.
She then worked for three years as a post-doctoral fellow at INSERM U562 (Paris, France) with Stanislas Dehaene, where she developed an expertise in dyscalculia (mathematical learning disabilities). She designed and tested software for remediation of dyscalculia (“The Number Race”). This open-source software has now been translated into eight different languages.
In 2006, Anna secured funding for a second post-doctoral fellowship project at The University of Auckland, working with Assoc. Prof. Karen Waldie. This project is still ongoing, and uses cognitive and fMRI methods to examine the reasons for the high “co-morbidity”, or co-occurrence, that is seen between dyscalculia and dyslexia.
• Mind, brain and education, or educational neuroscience
• Learning disabilities and other individual differences in learning
• Developmental mathematical cognition and cognitive neuroscience
• Causes, symptoms and remediation of dyscalculia (mathematical learning disabilities)
• The role of spatial memory and attention in learning and mathematics