Keynote Speaker





Foundational capacities and arithmetical development

Brian Butterworh

University College London






Like many other species, humans, even in infancy, possess a mechanism for extracting numerosity information from the environment, which I have called a foundational capacity. This mechanism is domain-specific, is implemented in a dedicated mechanism and is innate. I argue that the efficient working of this capacity is necessary for typical arithmetical development, and if it works inefficiently, this is sufficient for atypical development – dyscalculia.


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