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# The Nature of a Psychology of Mathematics

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# The Nature of a Psychology of Mathematics

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## ABSTRACT

As psychologists concerned specifically with mathematics, our goal is to ask the same questions that experimental and developmental psychologists ask about learning, thinking, and intelligence but to focus these questions with respect to a particular subject matter. What this means is that instead of asking ourselves the general question, "How is it that people think?" we ask ourselves, "How is it that people think about mathematics?" Instead of asking "How do people's thought processes develop?", we ask, "How does understanding of mathematical concepts develop?" We want to know what mixture of experience and intellect makes that thing called mathematical ability happen. As psychologists of a subject matter, we want to know not simply how overall human performance becomes skillful but how human performance of mathematically significant skills becomes fluent, and how those skills are integrated in the context of mathematical problem solving.