Associate Professor, Human Development Area
1075F Educational Sciences
1025 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53706-1706
I am an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, the Neuroscience Training Program, and at the Waisman Center, where I conduct neuroimaging and behavioral studies of school-aged children and adults in the emerging field of educational neuroscience. Prior to joining the faculty at UW-Madison, I received training in the methods and theories of cognitive science and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley (BA) and the University of California, San Diego (MA and PhD). I then held a post-doctoral appointment at INSERM in France where I used methods of cognitive neuroscience (including functional MRI and EEG) to explore the neural basis of numerical and mathematical abilities, especially the mental number line, in typically developing adults. Inspired by the idea that the neural circuits we observed in adults were the result of a lifetime of educational experiences I took a second post-doc at Vanderbilt University, where I examined how the earliest stages of formal mathematics education shape brain circuits as children begin to link Arabic number symbols with their underlying quantity semantics during the early school years (K-3rd grade).
- PhD Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of California, San Deigo, 2004
- MA Experimental Psychology, University of California, San Deigo, 2001
- BA Cognitive Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1998
- Binzak, J. V., & Hubbard, E. M. (2020). No calculation necessary: Accessing rational magnitudes through fraction notation. Cognition, 199, 104219.
- Kalra, P. B., Binzak, J. V., Matthews, P. G., & Hubbard, E. M. (2020). Symbolic fractions elicit an analog magnitude representation in school-age children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 195, 104844.
- Gosavi, R. S., & Hubbard, E. M. (2019). A colorful advantage in iconic memory. Cognition, 187, 32-37.
- Gosavi, R. S., & Hubbard, E. M. (2019). How synesthesia may lead to enhanced memory (Chapter 14). In K. Sathian and V.S. Ramachandran (Ed.), Multisensory Perception: From Laboratory to Clinic (pp. 301-318). Elsevier.
- Toomarian, E. Y., Gosavi, R. S., & Hubbard, E. M. (2019). Implicit and explicit spatial-numerical representations diverge in number-form synesthetes. Consciousness and Cognition, 75, 102806.
- Toomarian, E. Y., Meng, R., & Hubbard, E. M. (2019). Individual differences in implicit and explicit spatial processing of fractions. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 596.
- Toomarian, E. Y., & Hubbard, E. M. (2018). On the genesis of spatial-numerical associations: Evolutionary and cultural factors co-construct the mental number line. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 90, 184-199.
- Toomarian, E. Y., & Hubbard, E. M. (2018). The fractions SNARC revisited: Processing fractions on a consistent mental number line. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(8), 1761-1770.
- Matthews, P. M., Lewis, M. R., & Hubbard, E. M. (2016). Individual differences in nonsymbolic ratio processing predict symbolic math performance. Psychological Science, 27(2), 191-202.
- Simner, J., & Hubbard, E. M. (2013). The Oxford Handbook of Synaesthesia. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
- Hubbard, E. M. (2018, April). The Ratio Processing System (RPS) as a Foundation for Symbolic Fractions Understanding: A Case Study in Educational Neuroscience. Oral Presentation presented at the University of Michigan.
- Hubbard, E. M. (2016, May). Frontiers in Educational Neuroscience. Oral Presentation presented at the Understanding Fractions: A Case Study in Educational Neuroscience.
- Hubbard, E. M. (2016, April). Understanding Fractions: A Case Study in Educational Neuroscience. Oral Presentation presented at the Temple Institute for Learning & Education Sciences.
- Hubbard, E. M. (2015, October). Understanding Fractions: A Case Study in Educational Neuroscience. Oral Presentation presented at the 2015 Educational Neuroscience Conference, Lincoln, NE.
- Hubbard, E. M. (2015, June). Developing and Decoding Synesthesia. Oral Presentation presented at the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC) Summer School on Multisensory Integration and Synesthesia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
- Hubbard, E. M. (2015, April). Linking Education and Neuroscience: The Foundations of a New Field. Oral Presentation presented at the Department of Educational Psychology, Lincoln, NE.
- Hubbard, E. M. (2015, March). Decoding the Impact of Synesthesia on Perception, Learning and Memory. Oral Presentation presented at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- Hubbard, E. M. (2015, March). Hearing Colors, Tasting Shapes: Synesthesia as a Window into Human Nature. Keynote/Plenary Address presented at the Oberlin Synesthesia Symposium.
Select Awards and Honors
- Inductee, UW-Madison Teaching Academy, 2018
- Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities, UW-Madison, 2017
- Highly Commended Book Award Winner in the Psychiatry Category for The Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia, British Medical Association, 2014
- Faculty Fellow, MTLE, (2013–2014)