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ERIC Number: EJ923281
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 15
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
The Role of Vision in the Development of Finger-Number Interactions: Finger-Counting and Finger-Montring in Blind Children
Crollen, Virginie; Mahe, Rachel; Collignon, Olivier; Seron, Xavier
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v109 n4 p525-539 Aug 2011
Previous research has suggested that the use of the fingers may play a functional role in the development of a mature counting system. However, the role of developmental vision in the elaboration of a finger numeral representation remains unexplored. In the current study, 14 congenitally blind children and 14 matched sighted controls undertook three different test batteries that examined (a) general cognitive abilities, (b) the spontaneous use of finger-counting and finger-montring strategies (where "finger-montring" is a term used to characterize the way people raise their fingers to show numerosities to other people), and (c) the canonicity level of the finger-counting and finger-montring habits. Compared with sighted controls, blind children used their fingers less spontaneously to count and in a less canonical way to count and show quantities. These results demonstrate that the absence of vision precludes the development of a typical finger numeral representation and suggest that the use of canonical finger-counting and finger-montring strategies relies on the visual recognition of particular hand shapes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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