Visuospatial priming of the mental number line

Ivilin Stoianov, Peter Kramer, Carlo Umiltà, Marco Zorzi

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Abstract

It has been argued that numbers are spatially organized along a "mental number line" that facilitates left-hand responses to small numbers, and right-hand responses to large numbers. We hypothesized that whenever the representations of visual and numerical space are concurrently activated, interactions can occur between them, before response selection. A spatial prime is processed faster than a numerical target, and consistent with our hypothesis, we found that such a spatial prime affects non-spatial, verbal responses more when the prime follows a numerical target (backward priming) then when it precedes it (forward priming). This finding emerged both in a number-comparison and a parity judgment task, and cannot be ascribed to a "Spatial-Numerical Association of Response Codes" (SNARC). Contrary to some earlier claims, we therefore conclude that visuospatial-numerical interactions do occur, even before response selection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-779
Number of pages10
JournalCognition
Volume106
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

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Keywords

  • Attentional shift
  • Backward priming
  • Magnitude
  • Number line
  • SNARC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language

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Stoianov, I., Kramer, P., Umiltà, C., & Zorzi, M. (2008). Visuospatial priming of the mental number line. Cognition, 106(2), 770-779. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2007.04.013

Visuospatial priming of the mental number line. / Stoianov, Ivilin; Kramer, Peter; Umiltà, Carlo; Zorzi, Marco.

In: Cognition, Vol. 106, No. 2, 02.2008, p. 770-779.

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Stoianov, I, Kramer, P, Umiltà, C & Zorzi, M 2008, 'Visuospatial priming of the mental number line', Cognition, vol. 106, no. 2, pp. 770-779. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2007.04.013
Stoianov I, Kramer P, Umiltà C, Zorzi M. Visuospatial priming of the mental number line. Cognition. 2008 Feb;106(2):770-779. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2007.04.013
Stoianov, Ivilin ; Kramer, Peter ; Umiltà, Carlo ; Zorzi, Marco. / Visuospatial priming of the mental number line. In: Cognition. 2008 ; Vol. 106, No. 2. pp. 770-779.
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