Our lab director, Dr. Kelly Mix, is a well-known education psychology researcher who studies how children broadly develop concepts and skills in mathematics. One of our current studies, called the Cognitive Training Study, looks at whether cognitive functions such as spatial ability, working memory, processing speed, and conceptual reasoning can help with school learning and academic achievement. Another current study, the Unit Concepts Study, test students on a variety of isolated math ideas such as place value, measurement, fractions, working memory and traditional calculation and arithmetic. The aim of the study was to gain an understanding of how children formulate ideas concerning what constitutes a unit and how units function in the context of place value. We also have a number of completed studies such as the Place Value Study, which measured the way students conceptualize place value symbols. Last, but not least, we are also currently invested in the Exploratory/Confirmatory Factor Analysis. These two studies were designed to develop a better understanding of the structure of mathematical and spatial thought. More specifically, the studies were aimed at analyzing the relationships between three spatial domains – spatial visualization, form perception, and spatial scaling – and how these domains may be related to mathematical skill.