Early difficulties in numerical cognition

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In the first years of life, children face large amounts of stimulation. Their development entails the need to extract meaning from the scenes around them. Paying attention to numerosity and extracting numerosity is difficult because of its association with other features of the stimulation. Focusing on numerosity requires attention, to enable concentration on the numerical features of stimulation, and at the same time, inhibition, in order to shut out irrelevant (but correlated) aspects of the stimulation. Attention to children’s difficulties and the processes involved appeared in a debate stirred over 50years, which has been revived in recent years. The struggle to learn and deal with competing demands characterizes early development and features the advancement of various skills like math and executive functions. We suggest that development of these skills could be advanced and shaped by appropriate education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeterogeneous Contributions to Numerical Cognition
Subtitle of host publicationLearning and Education in Mathematical Cognition
EditorsWin Fias, Avishai Henik
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780128174142
ISBN (Print)0128174145
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Attention
  • Continuous
  • Inhibition
  • Number conservation
  • Numerical ability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Neuroscience


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