Preverbal and verbal counting and computation.

  title={Preverbal and verbal counting and computation.},
  author={Charles R. Gallistel and Rochel Gelman},
  volume={44 1-2},
We describe the preverbal system of counting and arithmetic reasoning revealed by experiments on numerical representations in animals. In this system, numerosities are represented by magnitudes, which are rapidly but inaccurately generated by the Meck and Church (1983) preverbal counting mechanism. We suggest the following. (1) The preverbal counting mechanism is the source of the implicit principles that guide the acquisition of verbal counting. (2) The preverbal system of arithmetic… CONTINUE READING
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