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Computational constraints on human representation of number

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The human mind represents number in different formats. We count and estimate, but we also do algebra, trigonometry and calculus. Different kinds of computation have been proposed to account for these different abilities, in particular, those which have also been found naturally in nonverbal human infants and nonlinguistic animals. Here we will review two models proposed to account for these natural abilities, and will present some data to support them. We will discuss the entailments of these proposals.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Group series.

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