Space, Time and Number in the Brain: Searching for the Foundations of Mathematical Thought

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Academic Press, 2011 - Medical - 361 pages
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The study of mathematical cognition and the ways in which the ideas of space, time and number are encoded in brain circuitry has become a fundamental issue for neuroscience. How such encoding differs across cultures and educational level is of further interest in education and neuropsychology. This rapidly expanding field of research is overdue for an interdisciplinary volume such as this, which deals with the neurological and psychological foundations of human numeric capacity. A uniquely integrative work, this volume provides a much needed compilation of primary source material to researchers from basic neuroscience, psychology, developmental science, neuroimaging, neuropsychology and theoretical biology.



* The first comprehensive and authoritative volume dealing with neurological and psychological foundations of mathematical cognition
* Uniquely integrative volume at the frontier of a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field
* Features outstanding and truly international scholarship, with chapters written by leading experts in a variety of fields
 

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Contents

Section I Mental Magnitudes and their Transformations
1
Section II Neural Codes for Space Time and Number
37
Section III Shared Mechanisms for Space Time and Number?
119
Section IV Origins of ProtoMathematical Intuitions
187
Section V Representational Change and Education
245
Index
355
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Stanislas Dehaene is the director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit in Saclay, France, and the author of Reading in the Brain.

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