Heterogeneity of Function in Numerical Cognition

Heterogeneity of Function in Numerical Cognition

1st Edition - May 17, 2018

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  • Editors: Avishai Henik, Wim Fias
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128115299
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128115305

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Heterogeneity of Function in Numerical Cognition presents the latest updates on ongoing research and discussions regarding numerical cognition. With great individual differences in the development or function of numerical cognition at neuroanatomical, neuropsychological, behavioral, and interactional levels, these issues are important for the achievement of a comprehensive understanding of numerical cognition, hence its brain basis, development, breakdown in brain-injured individuals, and failures to master mathematical skills. These functions are essential for the proper development of numerical cognition.

Key Features

  • Provides an innovative reference on the emerging field of numerical cognition and the branches that converge on this diverse cognitive domain
  • Includes an overview of the multiple disciplines that comprise numerical cognition
  • Focuses on factors that influence numerical cognition, such as language, executive attention, memory and spatial processing
  • Features an innovative organization with each section providing a general overview, developmental research, and evidence from neurocognitive studies


Neuroscientists, cognitive neuroscientists, neurophysiologists, neurologists, cognitive and developmental psychologists, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows

Table of Contents

  • Section I. Language
    1. Numbers and language: What’s new in the past 25 years?
    2. The interplay between learning arithmetic and learning to read:  Insights from developmental cognitive neuroscience
    3. Language and arithmetic: The potential role of phonological processing
    4. Discussion: Specific contributions of language functions to numerical cognition

    Section II. Performance Control and Selective Attention
    5. An introduction to attention and its implications for numerical cognition
    6. The control of selective attention and emerging mathematical cognition:
    7. Performance control in numerical cognition:  Insights from strategic variations in arithmetic during the lifespan
    8. The interplay between proficiency and executive control

    Section III. Spatial Processing and Mental Imagery
    9. How big is many? Development of spatial and numerical magnitude understanding
    10. Is visuospatial reasoning related to early mathematical development?  A critical review
    11. Neurocognitive evidence for spatial contributions to numerical cognition
    12. Which space for numbers?

    Section IV. Executive Functions
    13. Automatic interferences and their development in the context of numerical tasks
    14. The role of executive function skills in the development of children’s mathematical competencies
    15. Systems neuroscience of mathematical cognition and learning: basic organization and neural sources of heterogeneity in typical and atypical development
    16. (How) are executive functions actually related to arithmetic abilities?

    Section V. Memory
    17. Numerical cognition and memory(ies)
    18. Hypersensitivity-to-interference in memory as a possible cause of difficulty in arithmetic facts storing
    19. Working memory for serial order and numerical cognition: What kind of association?
    20. Don't forget memory ... to understand mathematical cognition


Product details

  • No. of pages: 480
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: May 17, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128115299
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128115305

About the Editors

Avishai Henik

Avishai Henik
Dr. Avishai Henik is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Dr. Henik has over 300 publications. A leader in the field, he has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) advanced grant to continue his cutting-edge research on the contribution of non-countable dimensions to the development and understanding of numerical cognition. Dr. Henik has recently won a Humboldt Research Award, in recognition of accomplishments in research and teaching, and the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Mentoring Prize 2020, for demonstrated leadership in fostering the careers of neuroscientists.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

Wim Fias

Wim Fias
Dr. Fias is a Professor of Experimental Psychology at Ghent University. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Numerical Cognition and has been consulting editor for Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition and was an editorial board member of the journal Cognition. He serves regularly as an ad hoc reviewer for all major journals in the domain of Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Fias has over 100 publications on the topics of numerical cognition, working memory and cognitive control. His research uses behavioral and neuroimaging techniques in a complementary way.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Experimental Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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