Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Music training, engagement with sequence, and the development of the natural number concept in young learners

Martin F. Gardinera1

a1 Center for the Study of Human Development, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912.


Studies by Gardiner and colleagues connecting musical pitch and arithmetic learning support Rips et al.'s proposal that natural number concepts are constructed on a base of innate abilities. Our evidence suggests that innate ability concerning sequence (“Basic Sequencing Capability” or BSC) is fundamental. Mathematical engagement relating number to BSC does not develop automatically, but, rather, should be encouraged through teaching.

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