Publications by authors named "Giannis Karagiannakis"

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Hand preference and Mathematical Learning Difficulties: New data from Greece, the United Kingdom, and Germany and two meta-analyses of the literature.

Laterality 2021 Apr 6:1-54. Epub 2021 Apr 6.

Department of Psychology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

Increased rates of atypical handedness are observed in neurotypical individuals who are low-performing in mathematical tasks as well as in individuals with special educational needs, such as dyslexia. This is the first investigation of handedness in individuals with Mathematical Learning Difficulties (MLD). We report three new studies ( = 134;  = 1,893;  = 153) and two sets of meta-analyses (22 studies;  = 3,667). No difference in atypical hand preference between MLD and Typically Achieving (TA) individuals was found when handedness was assessed with self-report questionnaires, but weak evidence of a difference was found when writing hand was the handedness criterion in Study 1 ( = .049). Similarly, when combining data meta-analytically, no hand preference differences were detected. We suggest that: (i) potential handedness effects require larger samples, (ii) direction of hand preference is not a sensitive enough measure of handedness in this context, or that (iii) increased rates of atypical hand preference are not associated with MLD. The latter scenario would suggest that handedness is specifically linked to language-related conditions rather than conditions related to cognitive abilities at large. Future studies need to consider hand skill and degree of hand preference in MLD.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1357650X.2021.1906693DOI Listing
April 2021

Mathematical Profile Test: A Preliminary Evaluation of an Online Assessment for Mathematics Skills of Children in Grades 1-6.

Behav Sci (Basel) 2020 Aug 4;10(8). Epub 2020 Aug 4.

Department of Psychology, Université Catholique de Louvain, UCLouvain, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

The domain of numerical cognition still lacks an assessment tool that is theoretically driven and that covers a wide range of key numerical processes with the aim of identifying the learning profiles of children with difficulties in mathematics (MD) or dyscalculia. This paper is the first presentation of an online collectively administered tool developed to meet these goals. The Mathematical Profile Test (MathPro Test) includes 18 subtests that assess numerical skills related to the core number domain or to the visual-spatial, memory or reasoning domains. The specific aim of this paper is to present the preliminary evaluation both of the sensitivity and the psychometric characteristics of the individual measures of the MathPro Test, which was administered to 622 primary school children (grades 1-6) in Belgium. Performance on the subtests increased across all grades and varied along the level of difficulty of the items, supporting the sensitivity of the test. The MathPro Test also showed satisfactory internal consistency and significant and stable correlation with a standardized test in mathematics across all grades. In particular, the achievement in mathematics was strongly associated with the performance on the subtests assessing the reasoning and the visuospatial domains throughout all school grades, whereas associations with the core number and memory tasks were found mainly in the younger children. MD children performed significantly lower than their peers; these differences in performance on the MathPro subtests also varied according to the school grades, informing us about the developmental changes of the weaknesses of children with MD. These results suggest that the MathPro Test is a very promising tool for conducting large scale research and for clinicians to sketch out the mathematical profile of children with MD or dyscalculia.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/bs10080126DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7463740PMC
August 2020

Mathematical learning difficulties subtypes classification.

Front Hum Neurosci 2014 10;8:57. Epub 2014 Feb 10.

Department of Primary Education, Research Center of Psychophysiology and Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Athens, Greece.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3918643PMC
February 2014