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Title: Fronto-parietal numerical networks in relation with early numeracy in young children
Authors: Zhang H.
Wee C.-Y. 
Poh J.S. 
Wang Q. 
Shek L.P. 
Chong Y.-S. 
Fortier M.V. 
Meaney M.J. 
Broekman B.F.P. 
Qiu A. 
Keywords: Counting
Fronto-parietal network
Number relation
Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging
School readiness test
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Citation: Zhang H., Wee C.-Y., Poh J.S., Wang Q., Shek L.P., Chong Y.-S., Fortier M.V., Meaney M.J., Broekman B.F.P., Qiu A. (2019). Fronto-parietal numerical networks in relation with early numeracy in young children. Brain Structure and Function 224 (1) : 263-275. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Early numeracy provides the foundation of acquiring mathematical skills that is essential for future academic success. This study examined numerical functional networks in relation to counting and number relational skills in preschoolers at 4 and 6�years of age. The counting and number relational skills were assessed using school readiness test (SRT). Resting-state fMRI (rs-fMRI) was acquired in 123 4-year-olds and 146 6-year-olds. Among them, 61 were scanned twice over the course of 2�years. Meta-analysis on existing task-based numeracy fMRI studies identified the left parietal-dominant network for both counting and number relational skills and the right parietal-dominant network only for number relational skills in adults. We showed that the fronto-parietal numerical networks, observed in adults, already exist in 4-year and 6-year-olds. The counting skills were associated with the bilateral fronto-parietal network in 4-year-olds and with the right parietal-dominant network in 6-year-olds. Moreover, the number relational skills were related to the bilateral fronto-parietal and right parietal-dominant networks in 4-year-olds and had a trend of the significant relationship with the right parietal-dominant network in 6-year-olds. Our findings suggested that neural fine-tuning of the fronto-parietal numerical networks may subserve the maturation of numeracy in early childhood. � 2018, Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.
Source Title: Brain Structure and Function
ISSN: 18632653
DOI: 10.1007/s00429-018-1774-2
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