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What is still needed? On nativist proposals for acquiring concepts of natural numbers

  • Wen-Chi Chiang (a1)

Rips et al.'s analyses have boosted the plausibility of proposals that the human mind embodies some critical properties of natural numbers. I suggest that such proposals can be further evaluated by infant studies, neuropsychological data, and evolution-based considerations, and additionally, that Rips et al.'s model may need to be modified in order to more completely reflect infants' quantitative abilities.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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