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ERIC Number: EJ1008505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0033-2933
Cultural Influences on Number Preferences: Christmas and Grading Systems
Stieger, Stefan; Krizan, Zlatan
Psychological Record, v63 n1 p185-191 Win 2013
People consistently prefer numbers associated with themselves (e.g., birth dates) over other numbers. We argue that such number preferences are also shaped by cultural influences, such as customs regarding the day on which Christmas is celebrated and customs regarding ranking of numerals used in national school's grading system. Across 6 different countries (N = 657), the day on which Christmas is celebrated had an influence on the preference for the numbers 24 vs. 25, and numbers used for better grades were uniformly rated better than numbers used for poorer grades. If grading did not involve numbers (e.g., letters A to F), then no effect appeared. (Contains 1 table and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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