Walking boosts your performance in making additions and subtractions

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

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Previous research demonstrates that the processing of spatial information and numerical magnitude are strictly interwoven. Recent studies also provide converging evidence that number processing is influenced by body movements. In the present study we further investigate this issue by focusing on whether and how motions experienced with the whole body can influence arithmetical calculations. We asked participants to make additions or subtractions while experiencing leftward and rightward motions. Data revealed the emergence of a congruency effect between the orientation inferred by the type of arithmetical calculations and the type of motions experienced along an horizontal axis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1459
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberDEC
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Arithmetical calculations
  • Body motion
  • Embodied cognition
  • Horizontal axis
  • Numerical cognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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