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Measuring spatial–numerical associations: evidence for a purely conceptual link

Abstract

Previous work on spatial–numerical association (SNAs) included either spatially distributed stimuli or responses. This raises the possibility that the inferred spatial nature of number concepts was a methodological artifact. We present results from a novel task that involves two categories (spatially oriented objects and number magnitudes) and dissociates spatial classification from number classification. The results reveal SNAs without inferential limitations of previous work and point to a working memory mechanism that transfers spatial coding across categories.

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MHF is funded by DFG grant FI 1915/2-1 “Manumerical cognition”.

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Correspondence to Martin H. Fischer.

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Fischer, M.H., Shaki, S. Measuring spatial–numerical associations: evidence for a purely conceptual link. Psychological Research 80, 109–112 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-015-0646-0

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Keywords

  • Spatial Feature
  • Congruency Effect
  • Number Trial
  • Spatial Code
  • Number Concept