Interaction between domain-specific and domain-general abilities in math´s competence

  • Sandra Torresi Universidad Favaloro, Buenos Aires, Argentina


This article is an approach to some viewpoints about interactions between domain-specific and general cognitive tools involved in the development of mathematical competence. Many studies report positive correlations between the acuity of the numerical approximation system and formal mathematical performance, while another important group of investigations have found no evidence of a direct connection between non-symbolic and symbolic numerical representations. The challenge for future research will be to focus on correlations and possible causalities between non-symbolic and symbolic arithmetic skills and general domain cognitive skills in order to identify stable precursors of mathematical competence.


Keywords: numerical cognition, cognitive development, approximate number system, working memory


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