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A developmental model of number representation

  • Karin Kucian (a1) and Liane Kaufmann (a2)
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  • Published online: 01 August 2009

We delineate a developmental model of number representations. Notably, developmental dyscalculia (DD) is rarely associated with an all-or-none deficit in numerosity processing as would be expected if assuming abstract number representations. Finally, we suggest that the “generalist genes” view might be a plausible – though thus far speculative – explanatory framework for our model of how number representations develop.

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