Attentional SNARC

There's something special about numbers (let us count the ways)

Michael D Dodd, Stefan Van der Stigchel, M. Adil Leghari, Gery Fung, Alan Kingstone

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Abstract

We report a study that examines whether the presentation of irrelevant, ordinal information at central fixation interacts with the allocation of attention beyond fixation. Previous research has demonstrated that number perception influences the allocation of spatial attention, such that the presentation of a spatially nonpredictive number at fixation results in attention being allocated to the left when the central number is low (e.g., 1), and attention being allocated to the right when the central number is high (e.g., 9). Here, we examine whether this attentional SNARC effect (spatial numerical association of response codes) generalizes to other ordinal sequences: letters, days, and months. Though we replicate the attentional SNARC we find that this effect is number-specific, unless participants are required to process the cue in an order-relevant fashion. This discovery of number-specificity has important implications both for the functional separation between SNARC and attention-SNARC effects, as well as lending support to recent theories regarding the specificity of a shared neural architecture between numbers and visuospatial attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)810-818
Number of pages9
JournalCognition
Volume108
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Attention
  • Ordinal sequences
  • SNARC effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language

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Attentional SNARC : There's something special about numbers (let us count the ways). / Dodd, Michael D; Van der Stigchel, Stefan; Adil Leghari, M.; Fung, Gery; Kingstone, Alan.

In: Cognition, Vol. 108, No. 3, 01.09.2008, p. 810-818.

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Dodd, MD, Van der Stigchel, S, Adil Leghari, M, Fung, G & Kingstone, A 2008, 'Attentional SNARC: There's something special about numbers (let us count the ways)', Cognition, vol. 108, no. 3, pp. 810-818. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2008.04.006
Dodd, Michael D ; Van der Stigchel, Stefan ; Adil Leghari, M. ; Fung, Gery ; Kingstone, Alan. / Attentional SNARC : There's something special about numbers (let us count the ways). In: Cognition. 2008 ; Vol. 108, No. 3. pp. 810-818.
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