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Volume 8 Issue 5 (September 2005), Pages 387-458

Language‐specific effects on number computation in toddlers (pages 420-423)

Abstract

A fundamental question in developmental science is how brains with and without language compute numbers. Measuring young children's verbal reactions in France (Paris) and in England (Oxford), here we show that, although there is a general arithmetic ability for small numbers that is shared by monkeys and preverbal infants, the development of such initial knowledge in humans follows specific performance patterns, depending on what language the children speak.

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