This study is currently seeking 2nd graders and 3rd graders who are interested in participating in number sense training and are willing to return for follow-up visits in 3rd/4th and 4th/5th grade!

Click here to fill out our online registration form to participate!

The goal of this project is two-fold. In typically developing children, the goal is to examine the behavioral and neural bases of mathematical learning. In children with math difficulties, the goal is to assess the neural changes that occur in the brain as a child goes through math training. Long term development will be assessed by neuropsychological testing and brain scans in the same children in 3rd/4th and 4th/5th grade.

In the first year, 2nd and 3rd grade participants will complete two neuropsychological assessments , a one-on-one number sense training program for 4 weeks, and two MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans.

We would like all participants to come back in subsequent years to monitor changes in their brains and in their learning.

The full study consists of 6 steps:

  1. The first two sessions are focused on a neuropsychological assessment. The assessments include an IQ test as well as memory and math skills tests.
    Each assessment is broken up into 2 two-hour appointments that must be a minimum of 2 hours apart and a maximum of 1 week apart. Compensation for each assessment appointment is $50.

  2. The second session involves an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan. During the MRI scan, participants will respond to computer-based tasks while pictures of their brain are taken. An MRI scan is a safe, non-invasive procedure that does not use x-rays or radiation. To read more about fMRI please click here. Participants get familiar with fMRI procedures and get to watch a DVD of their choice while pictures are taken of their brain. This session lasts 2 to 3 hours and compensation is $50.
  3. Participants will then receive one-on-one number sense training three days a week after school for 4 weeks. Each session is 1 hour.
  4. When participants complete the tutoring and the brain scan following the tutoring, they will be compensated an additional $100.
  5. Participants return for 2 visits one year later, in 3rd grade, to complete another neuropsychological assessment and an MRI scan and are compensated $150.
  6. Participants then return for 2 visits in the next year, in 4th grade, to complete another neuropsychological assessment and an MRI scan and are compensated $150.

All sessions (except MRIs) will take place at the NEW Stanford Math Project building at 1070 Arastradero Road in Palo Alto. MRI scans will take place at the Lucas Center on Welch Road and Pasteur Drive. To see where the sessions are located, please click

If you would like to print our Flyer in English, please click here.

Si desea una copia de nuestro folleto en español, por favor haga clic aquí.

The Stanford Math FUNdamentals Training is funded by the NIH (National Institute of Health).