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Advances in Psychological Science    2017, Vol. 25 Issue (5) : 810-824     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.00810
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Evolutionary evidences of primitive mathematics ability in human beings
YANG Weixing; ZHANG Mingliang; LI Hongxia; YANG Yalin; SI Jiwei
(School of Psychology, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250358, China)
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Abstract  

Mathematics ability is one of key advanced cognitive functions in human beings. Previous research provided numerous evidences in the evolutionary studies about mathematics ability, which is adaptively significance of the survival and reproduction of organisms. In recent years, the findings of comparative psychology have revealed that behavioral performance and brain physiological mechanism of primitive mathematics abilities of nonhuman animals are parallel to those of adults and infants in human. Furthermore, studies of molecular genetics also show that mathematics ability is hereditary. These findings provide further understandings on the nature and inherent developing mechanism of this capacity in human beings.

Keywords primitive mathematics ability      non-human animals      infant      neuralphysiological mechanism      evolutionary genetics     
Corresponding Authors: SI Jiwei, Email: sijiwei1974@126.com   
Issue Date: 15 May 2017
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YANG Weixing,ZHANG Mingliang,LI Hongxia, et al. Evolutionary evidences of primitive mathematics ability in human beings[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(5): 810-824.
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