MoL-2017-30: The perception of number: towards a topological approach

MoL-2017-30: Bacchin, Marco (2017) The perception of number: towards a topological approach. [Report]

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It has been suggested that our understanding of numbers is rooted in the perception of numerosities. A capacity, that of assessing the approximate number of objects in a scene, which is believed to be available also to other species. The present work fits within the current debate on whether a ‘true sense of number’ is perceptually available. We will provide a comprehensive review of the behavioral, neurophysiological, and computational findings that seems to support the claim, and the limitations of the approaches taken. Importantly, we will argue that without a clear stated definition of numerosity, it’s impossible to answer the question. We will therefore provide a formal definition of numerosity, and show how the framework of tolerance homology might be used to cast light on the debate.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: MoL-2017-30
Series Name: Master of Logic Thesis (MoL) Series
Year: 2017
Subjects: Language
Depositing User: Dr Marco Vervoort
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2017 12:51
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2017 12:51

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