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ERIC Number: EJ796537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
The SNARC Effect Does Not Imply a Mental Number Line
Santens, Seppe; Gevers, Wim
Cognition, v108 n1 p263-270 Jul 2008
In this study, we directly contrast two approaches that have been proposed to explain the SNARC effect. The traditional direct mapping account suggests that a direct association exists between the position of a number on the mental number line and the location of the response. On the other hand, accounts are considered that propose an intermediate step in which numbers are categorized as either small or large between the number magnitude and the response representations. In a magnitude comparison task, we departed from the usual bimanual left/right response dimension and instead introduced the unimanual close/far dimension. A spatial-numerical association was observed: small numbers were associated with a close response, while large numbers were associated with a far response, regardless of the movement direction (left/right). We discuss why these results cannot be explained by assuming a direct mapping from the representation of numbers on a mental number line to response locations and discuss how the results can be explained by the alternative accounts. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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