Counting Is Easier while Experiencing a Congruent Motion

Luisa Lugli, Giulia Baroni, Filomena Anelli, Anna M. Borghi, Roberto Nicoletti

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Abstract

Several studies suggest that numerical and spatial representations are intrinsically linked. Recent findings demonstrate that also motor actions interact with number magnitude processing, showing a motor-to-semantic effect. The current study assesses whether calculation processes can be modulated by motions performed with the whole body. Participants were required to make additions or subtractions while performing (on-line condition) or after having experienced (off-line condition) an ascending or descending motion through a passive (i.e., taking the elevator) or an active (i.e., taking the stairs) mode. Results show a congruency effect between the type of calculation and the direction of the motion depending on: a) the off-line or on-line condition, b) the passive or active mode and c) the real or imagined task. Implications of the results for an embodied and grounded perspective view will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere64500
JournalPLoS One
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 15 2013

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Lugli, L., Baroni, G., Anelli, F., Borghi, A. M., & Nicoletti, R. (2013). Counting Is Easier while Experiencing a Congruent Motion. PLoS One, 8(5), [e64500]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0064500

Counting Is Easier while Experiencing a Congruent Motion. / Lugli, Luisa; Baroni, Giulia; Anelli, Filomena; Borghi, Anna M.; Nicoletti, Roberto.

In: PLoS One, Vol. 8, No. 5, e64500, 15.05.2013.

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Lugli, L, Baroni, G, Anelli, F, Borghi, AM & Nicoletti, R 2013, 'Counting Is Easier while Experiencing a Congruent Motion', PLoS One, vol. 8, no. 5, e64500. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0064500
Lugli, Luisa ; Baroni, Giulia ; Anelli, Filomena ; Borghi, Anna M. ; Nicoletti, Roberto. / Counting Is Easier while Experiencing a Congruent Motion. In: PLoS One. 2013 ; Vol. 8, No. 5.
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