Is there a particular brain area for number recognition?

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Offline thedoc

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Ian Sowden asked the Naked Scientists:
   Question is there a brain area for number recognition?
VS Ramachandran asserted there was an area for number recognition when discussing synesthesia. Numeracy has only been a human skill for a short time in evolutionary terms and there are still people who are not numerate. This gives me three questions.
1 Is there such an area?
2 What is it used for by people who do not recognize numbers?
3 Has there been a comparative study of people with different levels of literacy and numeracy?
What do you think?
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Offline Colin2B

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Re: Is there a particular brain area for number recognition?
« Reply #1 on: 26/04/2016 15:40:49 »
As with most things to do with the brain there is no single area that lights up on brain scans for number recognition, but multiple areas are involved.
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