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Magnitude rather than number: More evidence needed

  • Daniel C. Hyde (a1) and Yi Mou (a1)


Leibovich et al. do not present enough empirical support to overturn decades of work supporting a number sense nor to convince the reader that a magnitude sense provides a better explanation of the literature. Here we highlight what we feel are the main points of weakness and the types of evidence that could be provided to be more convincing.



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