Title

The Relation between Finger Gnosis and Mathematical Ability: Why Redeployment of Neural Circuits Best Explains the Finding

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-5-2013

Journal

Frontiers in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

Volume

4

Issue

877

URL with Digital Object Identifier

10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00877

Abstract

This paper elaborates a novel hypothesis regarding the observed predictive relation between finger gnosis and mathematical ability. In brief, we suggest that these two cognitive phenomena have overlapping neural substrates, as the result of the re-use ("redeployment") of part of the finger gnosis circuit for the purpose of representing numbers. We offer some background on the relation and current explanations for it; an outline of our alternate hypothesis; some evidence supporting redeployment over current views; and a plan for further research.

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