Numerical Cognition: The Basics provides an understanding of the neural and cognitive mechanisms that enable us to perceive, process, and memorise 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 development, as well as the developmental steps children make whilst 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 summarises 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.
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
The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.
Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.
Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.