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Submission + - Number blindness: A neuroscientist's quest to help children with dyscalculia (nature.com)

ewenc writes: Brian Butterworth is on a crusade to understand the number deficit called dyscalculia — and to help those who have it with computer games. Researchers estimate that as much as 7% of the population has dyscalculia, which is marked by severe difficulties in dealing with numbers despite otherwise normal intelligence.

That combination has attracted neuroscientists such as Butterworth, who believe that the disorder illuminates the inner workings of the brain's number sense — the ability to understand and manipulate quantities. This sense is every bit as innate as vision or hearing, yet scientists disagree over its cognitive and neural basis, a debate that dyscalculics may help to settle.

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Number blindness: A neuroscientist's quest to help children with dyscalculia

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