Pointing to numbers and grasping magnitudes

Martin H. Fischer, Helena Campens

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    Abstract

    The cognitive representation of numbers has been studied with chronometric methods but these cannot resolve the current debate about the metrical structure of the "mental number line". We recorded spatial behaviour as blindfolded adults described the locations of numbers (e.g., "where is 3?") by pointing and the lengths of magnitudes (e.g., "how much is 56?") by gesturing. Their unconstrained spatial behaviour revealed idiosyncratic spatial associations for numbers and largely supports a linear representation of magnitudes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)149-153
    Number of pages5
    JournalExperimental Brain Research
    Volume192
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • Adolescent
    • Adult
    • Arm
    • Cognition
    • Female
    • Functional Laterality
    • Humans
    • Imagination
    • Judgment
    • Male
    • Mathematics
    • Mental Processes
    • Neuropsychological Tests
    • Observer Variation
    • Orientation
    • Pattern Recognition, Visual
    • Psychomotor Performance
    • Sensory Deprivation
    • Space Perception
    • Young Adult

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    Fischer, Martin H. ; Campens, Helena. / Pointing to numbers and grasping magnitudes. In: Experimental Brain Research. 2009 ; Vol. 192, No. 1. pp. 149-153.
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