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July 21 2014

Humans beat computers at ‘sensing numbers’ without counting – for now


When faced with choosing the shortest queue at a supermarket, what do you do? Nobody starts counting – what our brain does is “number sensing”.

The ability to gauge numbers occurs without knowing how to count has been linked to mathematical skill, and it varies largely between people. Researchers have been studying how number sensing works in the human brain and found out some situations where we are prone to making mistakes.

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