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Evolution of Cognitive Tools for Quantification

Project description

Investigating the emergence of human counting skills

Many animals – including humans – are capable of spontaneously discriminating quantities to some degree. But only humans have developed cognitive tools for tracking and expressing exact quantity (e.g. by means of words, body parts, or writing). The ERC-funded Synergy Project QUANTA seeks to investigate when, why, and how humans developed these tools and why they differ from one culture to another. The project takes an interdisciplinary approach that integrates data on cognitive tools for quantification from around the world; it uses a cognitive framework to formulate hypotheses on both the emergence and evolution of these tools; and it tests these hypotheses with powerful phylogenetic computational methods, thereby opening a window into the remote past.

Host institution

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Net EU contribution
€ 2 663 928,75
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Norway

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Region
Norge Vestlandet Vestland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (5)

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 2 663 928,75
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen

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Region
Norge Vestlandet Vestland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 2 034 570,00
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 2 490 603,00
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 2 670 247,00
Address
Franklin Street 1111 12 Floor
94607 Oakland Ca

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 40 676,25
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol

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Region
South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Bristol, City of
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00