Numerical abstraction by human infants

@article{Starkey1990NumericalAB,
  title={Numerical abstraction by human infants},
  author={Prentice Starkey and Elizabeth S. Spelke and Rochel Gelman},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={1990},
  volume={36},
  pages={97-127}
}
Across several experiments, 6- to 8-month-old human infants were found to detect numerical correspondences between sets of entities presented in different sensory modalities and bearing no natural relation to one another. At the basis of this ability, we argue, is a sensitivity to numerosity, an abstract property of collections of objects and events. Our findings provide evidence that the emergence of the earliest numerical abilities does not depend upon the development of language or complex… 

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