The Neurocognitive Bases of Numerical Cognition

Sella, Francesco, Hartwright, Charlotte and Cohen Kadosh, Roi (2018). The Neurocognitive Bases of Numerical Cognition. IN: Stevens' Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. John Wiley & Sons, Inc..


Numerical cognition describes the processes that one uses to assimilate, ascribe, and manipulate numerical information. This chapter is organized into two sections. The first draws heavily on data from developmental and cognitive psychology. We use this to outline core findings related to numerical‐information processing in humans. In particular, we describe the trajectory of the acquisition of basic numerical skills. Starting in early infancy, we outline the processes that are believed to underlie nonsymbolic representation. Next, we summarize core studies that examine the representation of symbolic quantities (Arabic system). Lastly, we briefly report on the relationship between basic numerical processing and mathematical achievement. The second part of the chapter explores evidence from neuropsychology and neuroscience. The core methodological approaches used are briefly outlined with signposting to relevant literature. Next, we examine data from early lesion studies, followed by a short review of one of the most influential models in the study of numerical cognition, the triple‐code model. Lastly, we look at the neurocognitive features of number, such as different modes of representation and the processing of quantity. Throughout, the core literature plus recent advances are summarized, giving the reader a thorough grounding in the neurocognitive bases of numerical cognition.

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Divisions: Life & Health Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: numerical cognition,cognition
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Published Online Date: 2018-03-23
Authors: Sella, Francesco
Hartwright, Charlotte ( 0000-0002-1197-7541)
Cohen Kadosh, Roi

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