The Union College Psychology Department Speaker Series and Honors Colloquium welcome
Marta Mielicki, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Teaching Professor, Center for Cognitive Science, Rutgers University
for a public lecture entitled
Impacts of Presentation Format on Mathematical Problem Solving
Thursday, September 23, 2021
12:45 – 1:50 PM • Karp 105
Note: No food/drink due to COVID policy
The way a task or problem is presented can change how people think about it. Mathematical problems can be presented in different formats, such as with graphs, equations, figures, tables, etc. The way math problems are presented can help or hurt performance. In this talk, I will discuss three studies I conducted with participants of different ages that explore how presentation format impacts mathematical problem-solving performance by either activating different knowledge or eliciting different solution strategies. This line of work has important implications for education and for other applied domains where people use math, like health decision making.