Numbers and space: Associations and dissociations

Merav Ben Nathan, Samuel Shaki, Moti Salti, Daniel Algom

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A cornerstone of contemporary research in numerical cognition is the surprising link found between numbers and space. In particular, people react faster and more accurately to small numbers with a left-hand key and to large numbers with a right-hand key. Because this contingency is found in a variety of tasks, it has been taken to support the automatic activation of magnitude as well as the notion of a mental number line arranged from left to right. The present study challenges the presence of a link between left-right location, on the one hand, and small-large number, on the other hand. We show that a link exists between space and relative magnitude, a relationship that might or might not be unique to numbers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-582
Number of pages5
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2009


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