Evidence for a number sense

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New Commentary in Behavioral and Brain Science

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Burr, D. C. (2017). Evidence for a number sense, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, (40), 18-19. PDF

Numerosity is inherently confounded by related stimulus attributes such as density and area, and many studies have reported interactions of various strengths between area, density, and numerosity. However, direct measurements of sensitivity within the area-density-numerosity space show that numerosity emerges as the most spontaneous and sensitive dimension, strongly supporting the existence of a dedicated number sense.