Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #201
CE Offered: BACB
CANCELLED: The Approximate Number System as a Building Block for Mathematics
Sunday, May 28, 2023
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom D
Area: EAB; Domain: Theory
Chair: Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf (Assumption University)
CE Instructor: Elizabeth Brannon, Ph.D.
Presenting Authors:
Abstract: The ability to use numbers is one of the most complex cognitive abilities that humans possess and is often held up as a defining feature of the human mind. I will describe the developmental and evolutionary precursors to adult mathematical cognition. My talk will probe the relationship between the primitive number sense and symbolic math by asking whether non-symbolic computations facilitate symbolic mathematics
Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

ABA Practitioners

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to : (1) understand what is meant by the primitive number sense; (2) evaluate evidence that human infants come into the world with a primitive number sense; (3) identify ways in which human mathematics is distinct from the primitive number sense; (4) understand some ways that the primitive number sense scaffolds mathematics



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