Anna Wilson


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Dr. Anna J. Wilson is a researcher whose speciality is dyscalculia and mathematical cognition. She has been a Lecturer at the College of Education, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, since 2009, where she also teaches educational psychology and neuroscience.

From 2003-2006 Anna worked with Stanislas Dehaene at U562, INSERM (Paris, France) on a project to design, develop and test remediation software for dyscalculia. This software, called "The Number Race" is open-source and can be downloaded for free here. It appears to be most useful for younger children (ages 5-8).

In late 2006, Anna moved home to Auckland, New Zealand, where she gained funding for a study on co-morbidity of dyscalculia and dyslexia, as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Karen Waldie. Findings from this study are currently being submitted for publication.

Prior to working in France, Anna gained her PhD and MS from the Department of Psychology at The University of Oregon (USA), with a dissertation on numerical and spatial cognition in adults, and a supporting area on special education in mathematics. She did her BSc in psychology at the University of Auckland, spending the last year on exchange at The University of California: Berkeley.

Anna became interested in dyscalculia through her love of psychology, cognitive science and mathematical cognition, but also due to personal experiences. Growing up she knew two very intelligent individuals who also happened to have specific learning disabilities (dyslexia and dyscalculia). This experience taught her how little help and recognition there is for learning disabilities, but at the same time how much potential those affected have - after much effort on their own part, both of these people went on to gain tertiary qualifications and have successful careers.

Publications on dyscalculia


Wilson, A. J. & Dehaene, S. (2007). Number sense and developmental dyscalculia. Coch, D., Fischer, K, & Dawson, G. (Eds). Human Behavior and the Developing Brain (2nd Edn). [PDF]

Dehaene, S., Molko, N., Cohen, L. & Wilson, A. J. (2004). Arithmetic and the brain. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 14, 218-224. [PDF]

Wilson, A. J., Dehaene, S., Pinel, P., Revkin, S. K., Cohen, L. & Cohen, D. (2006). Principles underlying the design of “The Number Race”, an adaptive computer game for remediation of dyscalculia. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 2(19). [PDF]

Wilson, A. J., Revkin, S. K., Cohen, D., Cohen, L. & Dehaene, S. (2006). An open trial assessment of “The Number Race”, an adaptive computer game for remediation of dyscalculia. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 2(20). [PDF]

Wilson, A.J., Dehaene, S., Dubois, O. and Fayol, M. (2009) Effects of an Adaptive Game Intervention on Accessing Number Sense in Low-Socioeconomic-Status Kindergarten Children. Mind, Brain, and Education 3(4): 224-234. [PDF]

Räsänen, P., Salminen, J., Wilson, A.J., Aunio, P. and Dehaene, S. (2009) Computer-assisted intervention for children with low numeracy skills. Cognitive Development 24(4): 450-472. [PDF]

Cohen, L., Wilson, A. J., Izard, V. & Dehaene, S. (2007). Acalculia and Gerstmann’s Syndrome. In: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology of Stroke; Eds: O Godefroy & J Bogousslavsky. Cambridge University Press. [PDF]


Wilson, A. J. (2006). Dyscalculie développementale: L’approche “neurocognitive”. Annals de la Fondation Fyssen. [PDF]

Molko, N., Wilson, A. J. & Dehaene, S. (2004). Dyscalculie, le sens perdu des nombres. La Recherche, 379, 42-47. [PDF]

Molko, N., Wilson, A., & Dehaene, S. (2005). La dyscalculie développementale, un trouble primaire de la perception des nombres. Médecine et Enfance, 1-6.