Perceiving numbers causes spatial shifts of attention

Martin H. Fischer, Alan D. Castel, Michael D. Dodd, Jay Pratt

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    Number symbols are part of our everyday visual world. Here we show that merely looking at numbers causes a shift in covert attention to the left or right side, depending upon the number's magnitude. This observation implies obligatory activation of number meaning and signals a tight coupling of internal and external representations of space.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)555-556
    Number of pages2
    JournalNature Neuroscience
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

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