192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    Numerical Cognition: The Basics provides an understanding of the neural and cognitive mechanisms that enable us to perceive, process, and memorize numerical information.

    Starting from basic numerical competencies that humans share with other species, the book explores the mental coding of numbers and their neural representation. It explains the strategies of mental calculation, their pitfalls and their development, as well as the developmental steps children make while learning about numbers. The book gradually builds our understanding of the underlying mental processes of numeracy and concludes with an insightful examination of the diagnosis, etiology and treatment of dyscalculia.

    Written in an accessible manner, the book summarizes and critically evaluates the major psychological explanations for various empirical phenomena in numerical cognition. Containing a wealth of student-friendly features including end of chapter summaries, informative figures, further reading lists, and links to relevant websites, Numerical Cognition: The Basics is an essential starting point for anybody new to the field.

    1. Introduction

    2. The Forms – We Encounter and Represent Numerical Quantities in Manifold Ways

    3. The Origins – Numerical Competencies in Evolution

    4. Mental Arithmetic – How We Solve Arithmetic Problems

    5. The Development of Numerical Cognition

    6. Developmental Dyscalculia


    André Knops is a CNRS researcher at the Université de Paris. He investigates the neural and cognitive underpinnings of numerical cognition across the lifespan. André Knops has been granted funding from the European Research Council, the German Research Foundation (including the prestigious Emmy Noether program), and the French National Agency for Research.

    'André Knops has written an excellent, accessible and highly readable book reporting from the frontlines of research on mathematical cognition and learning. He deftly guides the reader using a multidisciplinary approach that integrates the latest findings from psychology, cognitive science, and brain science.  This book will be of great interest not only to students and researchers in the field but also educators and parents interested in how children acquire math skills and what goes away in children with dyscalculia.' – Professor Vinod Menon, Director of Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory, USA