Perceiving numbers causes spatial shifts of attention

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

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    Abstract

    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
    Volume6
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

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    Fischer, M. H., Castel, A. D., Dodd, M. D., & Pratt, J. (2003). Perceiving numbers causes spatial shifts of attention. Nature Neuroscience, 6(6), 555-556. https://doi.org/10.1038/nn1066