CACR Talk Schedule

October 27, 2008 by

Traditionally the Centre for Applied Cognitive Research at Carleton University has held biweekly talks in which members, students and guests present recent research or proposals. As talks are scheduled, they will be added as new posts to this page.


CACR Meetings Fall 2009

September 29, 2009 by

Hi everyone,

Well, a new school year is upon us, and we are currently working to schedule CACR meetings for this fall. Stay tuned for details.

Distinguished Speaker Friday March 27th

March 24, 2009 by

Dr. Mark Ashcraft will be giving a talk at Carleton University entitled: Numerical Estimation, Complex Math Expressions, and Math Anxiety: What’s New in Ashcraft’s Lab. The talk will take place at 2:30 pm on Friday March 27th in VSIM 5220. Dr. Ashcraft is from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and his research is focused on answering questions such as “What do people know about numbers, arithmetic and math?” and “How do we learn math?”. His research examines the mental processes that people use to solve math problems from anwering basic facts to more complex problems that include procedures. His research has included both children and adults. He is also interested in how personal factors such as motivation, experience and anxiety impact math performance. 


Rescheduled for January 19th: Dr. Katherine Robinson’s talk

December 16, 2008 by

Fortunately, we were able to reschedule Dr. Katherine Robinson’s talk for January 19th at 10:00 am. More information on her topic will follow.

The CACR organizers are currently trying to determine the best time to hold CACR meetings during the winter semester. We’ll keep you posted.

Data Management Tutorial on December 10th

December 7, 2008 by

Join us in VSIM 5220 this Wednesday as research associate Lisa Fast leads a tutorial in data management. Lisa will show us some tricks for managing large data sets, using such research tools as SurveyMonkey, SPSS, Excel, and SuperLab.

Carla will be providing holiday themed shortbread cookies and coffee with also be available.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along their winter semester schedules so that we can try to find an optimum time to meet next semester.

We hope to see you on Wednesday at 1:00!


November 26, 2008 by

Unfortunately the  Dr. Katherine Robinson’s talk, which was scheduled for Monday, December 1st, has been cancelled.  We are hoping to reschedule Dr. Robinson’s talk for January, so we will keep you posted regarding the details of that talk.  The next CACR meeting will be held on December 10th, with Lisa Fast giving an SPSS tutorial on how to manage large data sets.

More Information about Jeff Bisanz’s Talk on November 24th

November 20, 2008 by

“Detours in the Development of Mathematical Thinking”

Time: 1:00 p.m.  Place: Carleton University, VSIM 5220.

All are welcome. Dr. Bisanz is a very well-known researcher in the field of children’s mathematical development.

For more information contact Jo-Anne LeFevre

Abstract: The study of children’s mathematical thinking provides a valuable window on cognitive development during childhood, as well as insights into how to optimize the ways in which children learn mathematics. The common view is that learning mathematics is an incremental process in which older children develop new and more powerful concepts that incorporate or replace previous concepts. We have studied the development of two mathematical concepts in some detail: inversion, the principle that a + b – b must equal a; and equivalence, the concept that two sides of an equation must represent the same quantity. Contrary to the common view, many older children have considerable difficulty understanding or using these concepts in arithmetic despite the fact that preschool and early elementary school children appear to use these very concepts under certain conditions. These detours in development appear to be due to difficulties that children experience -and that we create–when we impose the symbol- based mathematical tools of our culture onto the informally acquired, intuitive mathematical knowledge of young children.

Next CACR talk: Nov. 24 Jeff Bisanz

November 17, 2008 by

On Monday November 24th at 1:00 pm, Jeff Bisanz will be our invited speaker. Dr. Bisanz will be visiting us from the University of Alberta where he studies cognitive development and individual differences in the academic domains of math and science. You can find more information about his research online at:

Deepthi Kamawar has volunteered her lab to provide snacks for this talk.

Please note that the next two CACR meetings will be held on Mondays instead of Wednesdays. On Monday, December 1 at 1:00 pm, Katherine Robinson will be an invited speaker. You can find information about her research online at:

Anyone wishing to provide snacks for this meeting should contact Nicole or Carla, or leave a comment here on the blog.

On December 10th, the CACR talks will return to their regular time of 1:00 on Wednesdays. Lisa Fast will be be providing an SPSS lesson. The topic will be “How to Effectively Manage Large Data Files in SPSS.”

November 5th, 1:00 – 2:00, VSIM 5220

October 27, 2008 by

 Corrie, Helen and Nicole will be presenting their latest research in poster format. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to talk about their poster at the beginning of the meeting. Coffee and light snacks will be provided.