ERIC Number: EJ784498
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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Flexible Spatial Mapping of Different Notations of Numbers in Chinese Readers
Hung, Yi-hui; Hung, Daisy L.; Tzeng, Ovid J.-L.; Wu, Denise H.
Cognition, v106 n3 p1441-1450 Mar 2008
The spatial component of numerical and ordinal information has been explored in previous research. However, how such mapping emerges and how it is affected by the learning experience are issues still under debate. In the current study, we examined the orientation of the mental number line for different numerical notations in Chinese readers. Our data demonstrated that Arabic numbers are mentally aligned horizontally with a left-to-right directionality, while Chinese number words are aligned vertically with a top-to-bottom directionality. These findings indicate that different notations of the same concept have flexible mappings within space, which is plausibly shaped by the dominant context in which the numerical notations appear.
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Numbers, Number Concepts, Cognitive Processes, Spatial Ability, Mathematics
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