How Language Affects Counting

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Cultural Variations in Working Memory Capacity

Every time the results of international test scores in mathematics are released, children from the United States usually perform dismally compared to children from other nations, particularly those from Asia. Differences in classroom instruction and curriculum may be partly to blame. But cultural differences in computational ability may have their roots in the words that different cultures use to represent numbers.

Read the following list of numbers aloud: 7, 5, 9, 11, 8, 3, 7, 2. Now cover the list and take about 20 seconds to try to memorize the list. Now recite them again without looking at the list. Did you get them all correct? Chances are that if your native language is English, you might have gotten only about four or five in the correct order. But if you are Chinese, you may have gotten all of them correct. Why is that? When you try to remember a list of…

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