Effects of development and enculturation on number representation in the brain

  title={Effects of development and enculturation on number representation in the brain},
  author={Daniel Ansari},
  journal={Nature Reviews Neuroscience},
  • D. Ansari
  • Published 1 April 2008
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Nature Reviews Neuroscience
A striking way in which humans differ from non-human primates is in their ability to represent numerical quantity using abstract symbols and to use these 'mental tools' to perform skills such as exact calculations. How do functional brain circuits for the symbolic representation of numerical magnitude emerge? Do neural representations of numerical magnitude change as a function of development and the learning of mental arithmetic? Current theories suggest that cultural number symbols acquire… 

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