Room: 3304 Benjamin Building
Phone: (301) 405-2806
Richard Prather (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Asst Prof; Educational Psychology Specialization
Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM)
_______________________________________________Research Interests | Bio | Publications | Curriculum Vitae |
Educational neuroscience; mathematical models; developmental cognitive neuroscience; numerical cognition
Richard Prather’s laboratory investigates children's neurocognitive development with a primary focus on cognitive processes relevant to early mathematics learning. His research program uses neuroimaging, computational modeling and behavioral experimentation to develop mechanistic explanations of behavior and insights into the relationship between children's behavior and neural activity. In addition to laboratory based experiments he also works in schools to develop interventions to improve children's mathematics performance. This multifaceted approach allows him to investigate questions in a manner that integrates neuroscience with developmental theory and important educational applications.
Prior to joining the university of Maryland Dr. Prather received degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (PhD) and MIT (BS).
Prather, R. W. (2014) Numerical discrimination is mediated by neural coding variation. Cognition
Prather, R. W. (2012) Connecting neural coding to number cognition: A computational account. Developmental Science. 15(4), 589-600.
Prather, R.W. (2012) Implicit learning of arithmetic regularities is facilitated by proximal contrast. PLOS ONE