Reference : Place and summation coding for canonical and non-canonical finger numeral representations
Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Neurosciences & behavior
Place and summation coding for canonical and non-canonical finger numeral representations
Di Luca, Samuel mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) >]
Lefèvre, Nathalie []
Pesenti, Mauro []
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
The Netherlands
[en] finger numeral configurations ; magnitude Representation
[en] Fingers can be used to express numerical magnitudes, and cultural habits about the fixed order in which fingers are raised determine which configurations become canonical and which non-canonical. Although both types of configuration carry magnitude information, it has been shown that the canonical ones are recognized faster and directly linked to number semantics. Here we tested whether this difference is a consequence of differences in the qualitative way of processing the two types of configurations. When participants named Arabic digits (Experiment 1) or verbal numerals (Experiment 2) primed by canonical and non-canonical finger configurations, qualitatively different priming patterns were observed for the two types of configurations. Canonical configurations activated a place coding representation, with priming spreading to close smaller and larger magnitudes as a function of the prime-target distance. Conversely, non-canonical configurations activated a summation coding representation priming smaller and equal magnitudes independently of the prime-target distance, and larger targets depending on this distance.
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