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  Which numbers do you have in mind?: Number generation is influenced by reading direction

Göbel, S., Maier, C. A., & Shaki, S. (2015). Which numbers do you have in mind?: Number generation is influenced by reading direction. Cognitive Processing, 16(S1), 241-244. doi:10.1007/s10339-015-0715-8.

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Göbel, Silke1, Author
Maier, Carolin Annette1, 2, Author              
Shaki, Samuel3, Author
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1Department of Psychology, University of York, United Kingdom, ou_persistent22              
2Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Tuebingen, Germany, ou_persistent22              
3Ariel University, Israel, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Numerical cognition; Spatial cognition; Mental number line; Cross-cultural; Cognitive development
 Abstract: In Western participants, small numbers are associated with left and larger numbers with right space. A biological account proposes that brain asymmetries lead to these attentional asymmetries in number space. In contrast, a cultural account proposes that the direction of this association is shaped by reading direction. We explored whether number generation is influenced by reading direction in participants from a left-to-right (UK) and a right-to-left (Arab) reading culture. Participants generated numbers randomly while lying on their left and right side. The mean number generated by participants from a left-to-right reading culture was smaller when they lay on their left than on their right side, and the opposite was found for participants from a right-to-left reading culture. Asymmetries in number space observed in number generation are more compatible with a cultural than biological account.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2015-07-302015-09
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1007/s10339-015-0715-8
PMID: 26224271
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Title: Cognitive Processing
Source Genre: Journal
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Publ. Info: Lengerich : Pabst Science
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 16 (S1) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 241 - 244 Identifier: ISSN: 1612-4782
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/111084892763004