Emeritus Prof Brian Butterworth FBA is a professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and the Department of Psychology in University College London.
Prof. Butterworth’s research interests lie in the domains of cognitive psychology, the neuropsychology of numbers and arithmetic, neural network models of reading and arithmetic and reading and acquired dyslexia in English, Japanese and Chinese.
Prof. Butterworth is interested in how the brain processes numerical information. His research employs many different approaches from many different disciplines. These include fMRI, functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy, TMS, twin studies, studies of Australian aboriginal learners, studies of both typically and atypically developing learners (including those with dyscalculia, Turner Syndrome and Williams Syndrome), and patterns of dissociation in neurological patients, as well as normally competent adults.
He also builds neural network models of adult competence and is working on developing methods for helping people who have difficulty with arithmetic, including those with congenital learning difficulties (such as dyscalculia).
Please see the list below for a selection of Prof. Butterworth’s recent publications. More information about Prof. Butterworth including a more extensive publication list can be found here: Prof. Butterworth’s Publications
- Agrillo, C., Piffer, L., Bisazza, A., & Butterworth, B. (2012). Evidence for Two Numerical Systems That Are Similar in Humans and Guppies. PLoS ONE, 7(2). For full text click here
- Bahrami, B., Didino, D., Frith, C., Butterworth, B., & Rees, G. (2013). Collective enumeration. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(2), 338-347. For full text click here
- Bisazza, A., Butterworth, B., Piffer, L., Bahrami, B., Petrazzini, M. E. M., & Agrillo, C. (2014). Collective enhancement of numerical acuity by meritocratic leadership in fish. Scientific Reports, 4(4560). For full text click here
- Butterworth, B. (2012). Commentary on “How Can Syntax Support Number Word Acquisition?” by Kristen Syrett, Julien Musolino, and Rochel Gelman. Language Learning and Development, 8(2), 186-189. For full text click here
- Butterworth, B., & Kovas, Y. (2013). Understanding Neurocognitive Developmental Disorders Can Improve Education for All. Science, 340(6130), 300-305. Click here