Language as a cognitive technology: English-speakers match like Pirahã when you don’t let them count

Abstract

The Pirahã, an Amazonian hunter-gatherer tribe, lack words for numbers and are unable to complete simple matching tasks when the tasks require memory for exact quantities (Gordon, 2004; Frank et al., in press). Here we show that American participants perform similarly to the Pirahã when asked to execute the same kinds of matching tasks under verbal… (More)

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@inproceedings{Frank2008LanguageAA, title={Language as a cognitive technology: English-speakers match like Pirahã when you don’t let them count}, author={Michael C. Frank and Evelina Fedorenko and Edward Gibson}, year={2008} }