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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (6): 885-891.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.00885

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The relationship between numerosity cognition and density cognition

LIU Wei1; WANG Miao1; ZHANG Zhi-jun2; ZHAO Ya-jun3   

  1. (1 School of Education, Yunnan Minzu University, Kunming 650504, China) (2 Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310028, China) (3 College of Sociology and Psychology, Southwest University for Nationalities, Chengdu 610041, China)
  • Received:2015-03-27 Online:2016-06-15 Published:2016-06-15
  • Contact: ZHANG Zhi-jun, E-mail:


The relationship between density and numerosity cognition is a crucial question in numerosity research fields which could decide the existence of an independent mechanism in numerosity cognition. However, improvements are necessary for the discussion about the relationship in previous studies. Firstly, experimental studies should be more efficient in discriminating the density and numerosity processes. Secondly, related perspectives should be more comprehensive in demonstrating the relationship and mechanisms underlying these two processes. Thirdly, the cognitive models based on the existed theories should pay more attention on their theoretical meaning. In this review, these issues will be further discussed. Feature researches should discuss the probability on integrating the processing of numerosity based on the processing of density. Based on the discussion, a framework which integrated numerosity and density processing would be suggested.

Key words: numerosity cognition, density cognition, object representation, cognitive model