Nonverbal Representation of Quantity

Kelly S. Mix, Janellen Huttenlocher and Susan Cohen Levine

in Quantitative Development in Infancy and Early Childhood

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195123005
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893959 | DOI:
Nonverbal Representation of Quantity

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Various models have been posited to explain how infants and children represent quantity nonverbally (i.e. without conventional counting, including the accumulator, object files, and mental models). This chapter describes and evaluates each model relative to research on infant and early childhood quantification reviewed in previous chapters. It concludes that the evidence is most consistent with a combination of the object files and mental models views, in which infants first individuate objects, then represent sets as separate objects with extraneous details included, and finally eliminate these details so that only spatial and numerical information is preserved.

Keywords: infancy; early childhood; number; mental representation; memory; object files; accumulator; mental models

Chapter.  7723 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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