“Our study shows that infant number sense is a predictor of symbolic math,” Brannon says. “We believe that when children learn the meaning of number words and symbols, they’re likely mapping those meanings onto pre-verbal representations of number that they already have in infancy,” she says.
“We can’t measure a baby’s number sense ability at 6 months and know how they’ll do on their SATs,” Brannon added. “In fact our infant task only explains a small percentage of the variance in young children’s math performance. But our findings suggest that there is cognitive overlap between primitive number sense and symbolic math. These are fundamental building blocks.”
Whitney Howell-Duke (Futurity) | Baby’s innate number sense predicts math skills