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Primate Neuroethology$
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Michael Platt and Asif Ghazanfar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.001.0001

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Behavioral Signatures of Numerical Cognition

Behavioral Signatures of Numerical Cognition

(p.144) Chapter 8 Behavioral Signatures of Numerical Cognition
Primate Neuroethology

Elizabeth M. Brannon

Kerry E. Jordan

Sarah M. Jones

Oxford University Press

The ability to represent number approximately has been documented in animals as diverse as lizards, rats, pigeons, ferrets, raccoons, dolphins, lemurs, monkeys, and apes. This chapter focuses on findings that establish the nature of the approximate number system (ANS) in nonhuman primates. It shows that nonhuman primates and humans possess a shared ANS that functions to represent number as an abstract variable permitting computations about the quantitative aspects of the world.

Keywords:   primates, approximate number systems, number representation, number cognition

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