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ERIC Number: EJ875807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0285
Beyond the Mental Number Line: A Neural Network Model of Number-Space Interactions
Chen, Qi; Verguts, Tom
Cognitive Psychology, v60 n3 p218-240 May 2010
It is commonly assumed that there is an interaction between the representations of number and space (e.g., [Dehaene et al., 1993] and [Walsh, 2003]), typically ascribed to a mental number line. The exact nature of this interaction has remained elusive, however. Here we propose that spatial aspects are not inherent to number representations, but that instead spatial and numerical representations are separate. However, cultural factors establish ties between them. By extending earlier models ([Gevers et al., 2006] and [Verguts et al., 2005]) based on this hypothesis, the authors present computer simulations showing that a model incorporating this idea can account for data from a series of studies. These results suggest that number-space interactions are emergent properties resulting from the interaction between different brain areas. (Contains 11 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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