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Like many other species, humans, even in infancy, possess a mechanism for extracting numerosity information from the environment, which I have called a foundational capacity. This mechanism is domain-specific, is implemented in a dedicated mechanism and is innate. I argue that the efficient working of this capacity is necessary for typical arithmetical development, and if it works inefficiently, this is sufficient for atypical development – dyscalculia.

Smilinglo_3.jpgBrian Butterworth
University College London

Emeritus professor of cognitive neuropsychology in the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.
His research has ranged from speech errors and pauses, short-term memory deficits, dyslexia, reading both in alphabetic scripts and Chinese, and mathematics and dyscalculia. His book The Mathematical Brain has been translated into four languages. He was Editor-in-Chief of Linguistics (1978–1983) and a founding editor of the journals...

29 mai 2018
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