The Enculturated Move From Proto-Arithmetic to Arithmetic

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Pantsar , M 2019 , ' The Enculturated Move From Proto-Arithmetic to Arithmetic ' , Frontiers in Psychology , vol. 10 , 1454 , pp. 1-15 . https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01454

Title: The Enculturated Move From Proto-Arithmetic to Arithmetic
Author: Pantsar, Markus
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies
Date: 2019-07-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Frontiers in Psychology
ISSN: 1664-1078
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/305164
Abstract: The basic human ability to treat quantitative information can be divided into two parts. With proto-arithmetical ability, based on the core cognitive abilities for subitizing and estimation, numerosities can be treated in a limited and/or approximate manner. With arithmetical ability, numerosities are processed (counted, operated on) systematically in a discrete, linear, and unbounded manner. In this paper, I study the theory of enculturation as presented by Menary (2015) as a possible explanation of how we make the move from the proto-arithmetical ability to arithmetic proper. I argue that enculturation based on neural reuse provides a theoretically sound and fruitful framework for explaining this development. However, I show that a comprehensive explanation must be based on valid theoretical distinctions and involve several stages in the development of arithmetical knowledge. I provide an account that meets these challenges and thus leads to a better understanding of the subject of enculturation.
Subject: 515 Psychology
enculturated cognition
arithmetical cognition
proto-arithmetic
philosophy of mathematics
cumulative cultural evolution
NUMERICAL COGNITION
NUMBER REPRESENTATION
LANGUAGE
FACULTY
CORE
COMPETENCE
MAGNITUDE
EVOLUTION
EDUCATION
UNDERLIE
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