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ERIC Number: EJ781420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
A Synesthetic Walk on the Mental Number Line: The Size Effect
Kadosh, Roi Cohen; Tzelgov, Joseph; Henik, Avishai
Cognition, v106 n1 p548-557 Jan 2008
Are small and large numbers represented similarly or differently on the mental number line? The size effect was used to argue that numbers are represented differently. However, recently it has been argued that the size effect is due to the comparison task and is not derived from the mental number line per se. Namely, it is due to the way that the mental number line is mapped onto the task-relevant output component. Here synesthesia was used to disentangle these two alternatives. In two naming experiments a digit-color synesthete showed that the congruity effect was modulated by number size. These results support the existence of a mental number line with a vaguer numerical representation as numbers increase in size. In addition, the results show that in digit-color synesthesia, colors can evoke numerical representation automatically.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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