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October 23 2013

Infants' maths skills predict their potential


An infant's innate sense for numbers predicts how their mathematical aptitude will develop years later, a team of US researchers has found.

Babies can spot if a set of objects increases or decreases in number for instance, if the number of dots on a screen grows, even when dot size, colour and arrangement also change. But until recently, researchers could generally only determine the number sense of groups of babies, thus ruling out the ability to correlate this with later mathematics skills in individuals.

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