This paper presents a new conceptualization of the origins of numerical competence in humans. I first examine the existing claim that infants are innately provided with a system of specifically numerical knowledge, consisting of both cardinal and ordinal concepts. I suggest instead that the observed behaviors require only simple perceptual discriminations based on domain-independent competencies. At most, these involve the formal equivalent of cardinal information. Finally, I present a "non-numerical" account that characterizes infants competencies with regard to numerosity as emerging primarily from some general characteristics of the human perception and attention system.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||24|
|State||Published - Jul 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology