A1 Journal article – refereed
Studies on spontaneous attention to number (SAN) are based on spontaneous focusing on numerosity (SFON)




List of Authors: Hannula-Sormunen MM, McMullen J, Lepola J, Rasanen P, Lehtinen E
Publisher: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Publication year: 2016
Journal: European Journal of Developmental Psychology
Journal name in source: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Journal acronym: EUR J DEV PSYCHOL
Volume number: 13
ISSN: 1740-5629

Abstract
Li and Baroody presented a study in which they investigate children' spontaneous attention to exact quantity without acknowledging how previous studies of spontaneous focusing on numerosity (SFON) are related to their concept and methods. The authors' reaction to our pointing this out makes it is clear that SFON research has had foundational role in the development of Baroody and his colleagues spontaneous attention to number (SAN) idea. Thus the authors must acknowledge the SFON literature as the substantial part of their theoretical and methodological construct. The latest definition of SAN states this undeniably. "SAN is the attentional process that underlies exact number recognition initiated by the mathematical thinking triggered by SFON (e.g., attention to "threeness" directed by conceptual knowledge of "three" activated by SFON)." Furthermore, in their response, Dr Baroody and Dr Li admit that "An awareness of the SFON literature did help us explicitly recognize that, given the ambiguous instructions that do not explicitly direct a child's attention to number, both the nonverbal production and matching tasks were useful in assessing unguided or spontaneous attention to a number." It is surprising that in their response to the European Journal of Educational Psychology, the authors maintain their claim that they have cited the SFON literature adequately in their study about SAN.

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