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RiSE Center Colloquium: Sofia Tancredi, UC Berkeley

December 4, 2023 @ 3:00 pm4:00 pm

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center)
Colloquium Series


Sofia Tancredi, UC Berkeley

Monday, December 4
3:00–4:00 p.m. EST (convert time)
on Zoom (link and passcode available by email)

Math learning as intermodal coordination: A dynamical systems analysis of learning with embodied design interactive technology


Multimodal data such as eye and movement tracking offer a window into the hypothesized embodied nature of cognition, whereby cognitive structures emerge from patterns of perceptually-guided action. In this talk, I will share findings from applying Recurrence Quantification Analysis (RQA), a nonlinear analysis method originating from the study of complex systems in physics, to quantify the dissolution and emergence of patterns in hand movement and gaze as children interact with an action-based embodied design tablet activity for learning about ratio and proportion. These analyses empirically evaluate complex dynamical systems theory hypotheses about math learning as phase transitions among dynamic stabilities in the embodied cognitive system, with implications for math education theory and design.


Sofia Tancredi conducts design-based research at the intersection of embodied cognition, technology, and inclusive STEM education, with a focus on sensory and neurodiversity. She is an NSF GRFP fellow in mathematics education and doctoral candidate at the UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University joint doctoral program in Special Education. Current projects include investigating learning math concepts through non-visual modalities such as the sense of balance, as well as leveraging multimodal learning analytics analyses of movement, eye tracking, and electrodermal activity data to test and develop embodied cognition and complex dynamical systems theory.

To be added to the Colloquium email list and receive the Zoom link and passcode, please email the RiSE Center:

To request a reasonable accessibility accommodation to participate, please submit a request form and/or contact the RiSE Center: or 207-581-4672.


December 4, 2023
3:00 pm–4:00 pm
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