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The Implicit Contribution of Fine Motor Skills to Mathematical Insight in Early Childhood

The Implicit Contribution of Fine Motor Skills to Mathematical Insight in Early Childhood

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FISCHER, Ursula, Sebastian P. SUGGATE, Heidrun STOEGER, 2020. The Implicit Contribution of Fine Motor Skills to Mathematical Insight in Early Childhood. In: Frontiers in Psychology. Frontiers Research Foundation. 11, 1143. eISSN 1664-1078. Available under: doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01143

@article{Fischer2020-06-03Impli-49949, title={The Implicit Contribution of Fine Motor Skills to Mathematical Insight in Early Childhood}, year={2020}, doi={10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01143}, volume={11}, journal={Frontiers in Psychology}, author={Fischer, Ursula and Suggate, Sebastian P. and Stoeger, Heidrun}, note={Article Number: 1143} }

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