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

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

by Stanislas Dehaene
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0123859484

ISBN-13: 9780123859488

Pub. Date: 06/14/2011

Publisher: Elsevier Science

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

Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780123859488
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
06/14/2011
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction to Mental representations of magnitudes Mental Magnitudes Objects, sets and ensembles Attentional mechanisms for counting in stabilized and in dynamic displays

Section II: Introduction to Neural codes for space, time and number Plurality of the brain’s spatial representation system Temporal Neuronal Oscillations can Produce Spatial Phase Codes Population Clocks: Motor Timing with Neural Dynamics Discrete neuroanatomical substrates for feedforward versus feedback mechanisms of temporal prediction The neural code for number

Section III: Introduction to hared mechanisms, links and metaphors Synaesthesia: A positive cognitive neuroscience approach to studying time, number and space How is number associated with space? The role of working memory Biases in spatial and numerical bisection: a causal link? Compression of the perceptual metric during saccadic eye movements

Section IV: Introduction Ontogeny and phylogeny Origins of spatial, temporal and numerical cognition: Insights from animal model systems The approximate number system and the computations it supports as evidenced from a non-human primate model Origins of generalized magnitude representation

Section V: Introduction to Development, education and representational change Foundational numerical capacities and the origins of dyscalculia Neurocognitive start-up tools for symbolic number representations Sources of Abstract Concepts: Natural Number and Natural Geometry Geometry as a universal mental construction How languages construct time Improving low-income children’s number sense

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