Daniel Ansari



University of Sussex, 1995-1999, University of Oxford, 2000-2001, University College London, 1999-2003


BA(Hons), MSc, PhD

Work History:

I was an Assistant Professor of Education at Dartmouth College, US from 2003-2006 and since 2006 I work in the Deparment of Psychology and the Brain & Mind Institute at Western University in Canada

Current Job:

Professor of Psychology & Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience


Western University, Canada

My Interview

Me and my work

I am a Developmental Cognitive Neuroscientists interested in how children acquire numerical and mathematical skills. I use both behavioural and brain imaging methods to answer question such as: “How are number represented in our brains?”, “How does the brain change with learning and development?” , “Why do some children struggle to acquire even the most basic numerical skills?” and “How can we use what we are learning about the basic mechanisms underlying our numerical abilities to inform education?”. I have been working on these problems together with amazing students (at both the undergraduate and graduate levels) as well as post-docs for the past decade. Our lab seeks to understand more about how children learn about numbers using both behavioural and brain-imaging methods. We are committed to making contributions to basic knowledge as well as finding ways to translate what we learn in the laboratory into the classroom. In this way, we are committed to the emerging fields of ‘Mind, Brain and Education’ and ‘Educational Neuroscience’.

Typical day

There is no typical day in research. Everyday has new, exciting challenges.

What topics do you work on?

Child Development, Numerical Cognition, Mathematical Abilities, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Education, Dyscalculia, Early Intervention

What methods do you use?

Reaction times, accuracy, questionnaires, functional and structural brain imaging

Who was your favourite teacher?

Anne Brearly – Chemistry teacher at the United World College of the Adriatic