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Anna Matejko, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

B.Sc. -- University of Alberta, 2010, Honors Psychology
M.Sc. -- University of Western Ontario, 2012, Developmental Psychology
Ph.D. -- University of Western Ontario, 2016, Developmental Psychology

Anna Matejko completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 2016. Her dissertation research focused on the neurocognitive underpinnings of arithmetic in children and adults. She used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the interplay between number processing, working memory, and arithmetic skills at the neural level, and how these relationships changed with age. Anna has also examined how individual differences in brain structure (e.g. white matter) and function are related to mathematical abilities in children and adults. She joined the CSL in January 2017 as a post-doctoral fellow. Some of Anna’s current research interests include how reading and mathematics relate to one another, particularly in children with comorbid reading and math disabilities. She is also interested in changes to brain structure and function following remediation of reading and math difficulties.

Journal Articles:

  • Matejko A.A., and Ansari D. (2016) Trajectories of Symbolic and Nonsymbolic Magnitude Processing in the First Year of Formal Schooling. PLoS One, 11, e0149863.
  • Matejko, A. A., and Ansari, D. (2015). Drawing connections between white matter and numerical and mathematical cognition: A literature review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 48, 35-52.
  • Pincham, H*., Matejko, A. A.*, Obersteiner, A.*, Killikelly, C.*, Abrahao, K. P., Benavides-Varela, S., Gabriel, F., Rato, J. R., and Vuillier, L. (2014). Forging a New Path for Educational Neuroscience: An international young-researcher perspective on combining neuroscience and educational practices. Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 3(1), 28-31.
  • Matejko, A. A., Price, G. R., Mazzocco, M. M. M., and Ansari, D. (2013). Individual differences in left parietal white matter predict math scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. NeuroImage, 66, 604–610. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.10.045.

Abstracts:

  • Matejko, A. and Ansari, D. (2016, September). Individual differences in children’s domain specific and domain general abilities relate to brain activity within the intraparietal sulcus during arithmetic. Talk at the International Mind Brain and Education Society, Toronto, Canada.
  • Matejko, A and Ansari, D. (2015, October) The role of working memory abilities in the development of arithmetic skills: An investigation of common and distinct neural pathways. Invited talk at the International Symposium on Neuroeducation of Number. Hannover, Germany.
  • Matejko, A., Ansari, D. (2015, February). The development of symbolic and nonsymbolic magnitude processing skills in the first year of formal schooling. Poster at the Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada.
  • Matejko, A. (2014, June). Trajectories of math and number development in Grade 1: Evidence from brain and behavior. Invited talk at the JURE Conference of EARLI, Nicosia, Cyprus, Greece.
  • Matejko, A., Ansari, D. (2014, June). How the first year of formal schooling shapes symbolic number development: Evidence from brain and behaviour. Poster at the EARLI Sig 22 Education and Neuroscience Conference, Göttingen, Germany.
  • Vogel, S. and Matejko, A. (2014, June). Workshop on Education and Neuroscience. Workshop at the JURE Conference of EARLI, Nicosia, Cyprus, Greece.
  • Matejko, A., Ansari, D. (2014, May). How the first year of formal schooling shapes symbolic number development: Evidence from brain and behaviour. Poster presented at the NIH Math Cognition Meeting “Development of Mathematical Cognition: Neural Substrates and Genetic Influences”, Washington DC, USA.
  • Matejko, A., Ansari, D. (2014, May). Trajectories of math and number development in Grade 1: Evidence from brain and behavior. Poster presented at the BASICS Conference, Banff, AB, Canada.
  • Matejko, A., Sokolowski, H. M., and Ansari, D. (2013, April). Early numeracy skills in preschool and kindergarten children: an iPad pilot study. Poster at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA, USA.
  • Matejko, A., Erdeg, B., Lefcoe, A., Sokolowski, H. M., and Ansari, D. (2012, September). Training early numeracy skills in Kindergarten children: An iPad pilot study. Poster presented at the Connought Global Challenge Symposium, Institute for Human Development, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Matejko, A., Sokolowski, H.M., and Ansari, D. (2012, September). Early development of numeracy skills through technology. Talk and workshop at the Thames Valley District School Board Professional Development Day, London, ON, Canada.
  • Matejko, A., Price, G., Mazzocco, M., and Ansari, D. (2012, May). Individual differences in left parietal white matter predict scores on the preliminary scholastic aptitude test. Poster presented at the EARLI Sig 22 Education and Neuroscience Conference, London, UK.
  • Piatt, C., Matejko, A., Watchorn, R., and Bisanz, J. (2011, March). Limits on children’s understanding of mathematical inversion. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Montreal, QC, Canada.
  • Matejko, A., Lebel, C., Carroll, A., Hodlevskyy, O., Beaulieu, C., and Rasmussen, C. (2009, October). Neurocognitive and Microstructural Abnormalities in Children with Tourette Syndrome. Poster Presented at the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Annual Research Day, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
  • Piatt, C., Matejko, A., Watchorn, R., Bisanz, J. (2009, April). The mathematical principle of inversion: How “alien” is it? Poster Presented at Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Denver, CO, USA.

Book Chapters:

  • Merkley, R., Matejko, A. A., and Ansari D. (2016) Strong causal claims require strong evidence: a commentary on Wang et al. (2016). Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 153, 163-167.
  • Merkley R.*, Wilkey E. D.*, Matejko A. A.* (2016) Exploring the Origins and Development of the Visual Number Form Area: A Functionally Specialized and Domain-Specific Region for the Processing of Number Symbols? Journal of Neuroscience, 36, 4659–4661.
  • Vogel, S.*, Matejko, A*, and Ansari, D. (2016) Imaging the developing human brain using functional and structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Methodological and practical guidelines. In J. Prior and J. Van Herwegen, (Ed.) Practical Research with Children. Psychology Press.
  • Matejko, A. White matter counts: Brain connections help us do 2+2 (2014). Frontiers for Young Minds, 2 (19), 1-4. doi: 10.3389/frym.2014.00019.
  • Ansari, D., and Matejko, A. (2014). The development of the numerate brain. Principal Connection, 18 (1), 18-20.
  • Matejko, A. and Ansari, D. (2012) Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning. In N.M. Seel (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Springer.
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