Developmental cognitive neuropsychology of number processing and calculation: varieties of developmental dyscalculia

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Abstract

This article provides a brief overview about the current state of cognitive developmental neuropsychology of developmental dyscalculia (DD) as well as results from a Zurich study that investigates different subtypes of DD according to various aspects of numerical abilities that are impaired or preserved. The differential effects of impairments of one particular numerical area on the development of other numerical abilities are highlighted in the case of a 17 year old boy with severe DD and Developmental Gerstmann Syndrome. A comprehensive model of developmental dynamics of number processing and calculation abilities will be proposed in the last section with respect to the development of intelligence theory.