Space, Time and Number in the Brain

Space, Time and Number in the Brain

Searching for the Foundations of Mathematical Thought

1st Edition - May 31, 2011

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  • Editors: Stanislas Dehaene, Elizabeth Brannon
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123859495
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123859488

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The study of mathematical cognition and the ways in which the ideas of space, time and number are encoded in brain circuitry has become a fundamental issue for neuroscience. How such encoding differs across cultures and educational level is of further interest in education and neuropsychology. This rapidly expanding field of research is overdue for an interdisciplinary volume such as this, which deals with the neurological and psychological foundations of human numeric capacity. A uniquely integrative work, this volume provides a much needed compilation of primary source material to researchers from basic neuroscience, psychology, developmental science, neuroimaging, neuropsychology and theoretical biology.

Key Features

  • The first comprehensive and authoritative volume dealing with neurological and psychological foundations of mathematical cognition
  • Uniquely integrative volume at the frontier of a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field
  • Features outstanding and truly international scholarship, with chapters written by leading experts in a variety of fields


Attention and performance researchers from a variety of disciplines - basic neuroscience to psychology, developmental science, neuroimaging, neuropsychology and theoretical biology

Table of Contents

  • Section I Mental Magnitudes and their Transformations
    1. Mental Magnitudes
    2. Objects, Sets, and Ensembles
    3. Attention Mechanisms for Counting in Stabilized and in Dynamic Displays

    Section II Neural Codes for Space, Time and Number
    4. A Manifold of Spatial Maps in the Brain
    5. Temporal Neuronal Oscillations can Produce Spatial Phase Codes
    6. Population Clocks
    7. Discrete Neuroanatomical Substrates for Generating and Updating Temporal Expectations
    8. The Neural Code for Number

    Section III Shared Mechanisms for Space, Time and Number?
    9. Synesthesia
    10. How is Number Associated with Space? The Role of Working Memory
    11. Neglect “Around the Clock”
    12. Saccades Compress Space, Time, and Number*

    Section IV Origins of Proto-Mathematical Intuitions
    13. Origins of Spatial, Temporal, and Numerical Cognition
    14. Evolutionary Foundations of the Approximate Number System
    15. Origins and Development of Generalized Magnitude Representation

    Section V Representational Change and Education
    16. Foundational Numerical Capacities and the Origins of Dyscalculia
    17. Neurocognitive Start-Up Tools for Symbolic Number Representations
    18. Natural Number and Natural Geometry
    19. Geometry as a Universal Mental Construction
    20. How Languages Construct Time
    21. Improving Low-Income Children’s Number Sense

Product details

  • No. of pages: 374
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2011
  • Published: May 31, 2011
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123859495
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123859488

About the Editors

Stanislas Dehaene

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit

Elizabeth Brannon

Affiliations and Expertise

Center for Conginitive Neuroscience, Duke University

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