from day 22/07/2008

Culture and the Brain

In the last Nature Reviews Neuroscience, a paper reviewing the work showing cultural differences in brain activation. I'm afraid there's no non-gated version, but here's the abstract: Our brains and minds are shaped by our experiences, which mainly occur in the context of the culture ...

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The debate over maths in the Amazon: still counting points

Another paper, in Cognition, about the mathematical abilities of Amazonians. This time, the Gibson/Everett view scored one point. They claim that language for numbers is not what allows us to use concepts of exact quantities for big sets. It merely helps us to keep them in mind. [from the ...

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