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Measuring Cryptography Learning using fMRI [227-14B]


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Primary Investigator:
Baijian Yang

Project Members
Joe Beckman (beckmanj@purdue.edu), Victor Chen, Ph.D. (victorchen@purdue.edu), Melissa Dark, Ph.D. (dark@purdue.edu), Pratik Kashyap (pkashyap@purdue.edu), Sam Wagstaff, Ph.D. (ssw@cerias.purdue.edu), Justin Yang, Ph.D. (byang@purdue.edu)
Abstract
This study investigated student learning of cryptography using language and mathematic representations versus language, math, graphical, and concrete representations. Cognitive processing of these concepts was measured in both groups using fMRI. Analysis of the resulting images illustrated common areas of the brain in which cryptographic concepts were processed.