Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

What is still needed? On nativist proposals for acquiring concepts of natural numbers

Wen-Chi Chianga1

a1 Department of Psychology, National Chung Cheng University, Chia-Yi 62102, Taiwan


Rips et al.'s analyses have boosted the plausibility of proposals that the human mind embodies some critical properties of natural numbers. I suggest that such proposals can be further evaluated by infant studies, neuropsychological data, and evolution-based considerations, and additionally, that Rips et al.'s model may need to be modified in order to more completely reflect infants' quantitative abilities.

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