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ERIC Number: EJ825909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Spontaneous Mapping of Number and Space in Adults and Young Children
de Hevia, Maria Dolores; Spelke, Elizabeth S.
Cognition, v110 n2 p198-207 Feb 2009
Mature representations of space and number are connected to one another in ways suggestive of a "mental number line", but this mapping could either be a cultural construction or a reflection of a more fundamental link between the domains of number and geometry. Using a manual bisection paradigm, we tested for number line representations in adults, young school children, and preschool children. Non-symbolic numerical displays systematically distorted localization of the midpoint of a horizontal line at all three ages. Numerical and spatial representations therefore are linked prior to the onset of formal instruction, in a manner that suggests a privileged relation between spatial and numerical cognition. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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