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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“What's central about numbers for us as adults is that we can apply a number like 7 to a diverse number of things. We can say that there are seven dots but also that a horn honks seven times. Although these are different in their sensory qualities, the numbers are the same.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The experiments of the infants and the monkeys, I think, make it extremely likely that these abilities are inborn.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“A lot of children find symbolic arithmetic quite difficult and tedious, yet the children loved our tasks. They were games, the children were very happy to play them, and they were also they were good at them.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“When children start learning math in school, they already have a basic understanding of the concepts. This understanding should guide teachers to work on enhancing these skills.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Knowing this, we may be able to enhance math training.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The spontaneous understanding of geometrical concepts and maps by this remote human community provides evidence that core geometrical knowledge is a universal constituent of the human mind.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“What our study shows is that children have a fundamental understanding of addition and of numbers and we hope to harness that ability to enhance mathematic instruction.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Rhesus monkeys as well as human adults and older children living in a remote Amazon village have been given comparison and addition tasks using arrays of dots, and they show the same abilities we find in 5-year-old Boston children.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Our studies show these abilities are universal, and they develop in the absence of instruction. You don't need to take a class in geometry, and you don't need to learn from a teacher what a right triangle is in order to show this sensitivity.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“I think it's really fascinating that geometry is so difficult. My guess is it's difficult because it focuses on proofs.”

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