Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
First Committee Member
Mark H. Ashcraft, Chair
Second Committee Member
David E. Copeland
Third Committee Member
Colleen M. Parks
Graduate Faculty Representative
CarolAnne M. Kardash
Number of Pages
Within cognitive psychology, the fields of bilingualism and math cognition have been investigated relatively separately from one another. Although there has been a substantial amount of research conducted in both areas, few studies have examined mathematical processes as they relate to bilinguals. A couple of the traditional effects found in the math cognition literature, the problem size and associative confusion effects, have been studied with bilinguals; however, bilingual categorization was not carefully controlled for in those studies. There have also been mathematical models applied to bilingual samples; one such model is the encoding-complex model, which has been extended to Chinese-English bilinguals. The current study aims to examine math cognition effects after careful control of bilingual categorization has been taken. Tasks will include number naming, simple arithmetic production, and simple arithmetic verification utilizing associative confusion problems with Spanish-English and English- Spanish bilinguals. The study will also examine whether or not the encoding-complex model can be successfully extended from Chinese-English bilinguals to Spanish-English and English-Spanish bilinguals.
Bilingualism; Cognitive psychology; LEAP-Q; Math cognition; Mathematical ability
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Cognition and Perception | Cognitive Psychology | Science and Mathematics Education
Guillaume, Michelle M., "Bilingualism and math cognition" (2011). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 984.