Carol R. Aldous
Flinders University firstname.lastname@example.org
What does attention to feeling have to do with solving
problems in mathematics? Can feeling be used to navigate a
path to a solution? What is meant by a feeling anyway? To what
kind of problem does this productive benefit refer? A study of
405 middle school students solving two novel mathematics
problems found that individuals utilising a feeling or
free-flowing approach to reasoning were more likely to be
successful in reaching a solution than those who did not.
Indeed, feeling cognitions were found to have both a direct
and indirect effect on the generation of a solution depending
on whether mainly spatial or verbal processing was required.
This finding is consistent with neuroscience research.
Problem solving, feeling cognitions,
mathematics, causal model