Deafness, numerical cognition, and mathematics

Rebecca Bull*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter examines recent findings about the development of numerical cognition in hearing individuals to understand the observed lag in arithmetical and mathematical performance of deaf children and adults. It discusses how the information processing strategies of deaf individuals may influence the learning, representation, and retrieval of numerical and mathematical knowledge. The focus is on basic numerical processes that underlie mathematics and that subsequently feed into our understanding of related topics in science and technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeaf cognition
Subtitle of host publicationfoundations and outcomes
EditorsMarc Marschark, Peter C. Hauser
Place of PublicationOxford ; New York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages56
ISBN (Electronic)9780199894161
ISBN (Print)9780195368673
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePerspectives on deafness


  • mathematical ability
  • learning
  • deaf children
  • deaf adults
  • numerical cognition
  • information processing
  • enumeration
  • estimation
  • number line

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