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How does working memory enable number-induced spatial biases?

Elger Abrahamse (UGent) , Jean-Philippe van Dijck (UGent) and Wim Fias (UGent)
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The integrative neuroscience of behavioral control (Neuroscience)
Abstract
Number-space associations are a robust observation, but their underlying mechanisms remain debated. Two major accounts have been identified. First, spatial codes may constitute an intrinsic part of number representations stored in the brain – a perspective most commonly referred to as the Mental Number Line account. Second, spatial codes may be generated at the level of working memory when number (or other) representations are coordinated in function of a specific task. The aim of the current paper is twofold. First, whereas a pure Mental Number Line account cannot capture the complexity of observations reported in the literature, we here explore if and how a pure working memory account can suffice. Second, we make explicit (more than in our earlier work) the potential building blocks of such a working memory account, thereby providing clear and concrete foci for empirical efforts to test the feasibility of the account.
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numerical cognition, SNARC effect, number-space associations, working memory, serial order, FINGER COUNTING HABITS, SHORT-TERM-MEMORY, SERIAL-ORDER, NUMERICAL ASSOCIATIONS, PERCEIVING NUMBERS, LINE BISECTION, EYE USE, SPACE, ATTENTION, MAGNITUDE

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Abrahamse, Elger, Jean-Philippe van Dijck, and Wim Fias. 2016. “How Does Working Memory Enable Number-induced Spatial Biases?” Frontiers in Psychology 7.
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Abrahamse, E., van Dijck, J.-P., & Fias, W. (2016). How does working memory enable number-induced spatial biases? FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 7.
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Abrahamse E, van Dijck J-P, Fias W. How does working memory enable number-induced spatial biases? FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY. 2016;7.
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Abrahamse, Elger, Jean-Philippe van Dijck, and Wim Fias. “How Does Working Memory Enable Number-induced Spatial Biases?” FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY 7 (2016): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {Number-space associations are a robust observation, but their underlying mechanisms remain debated. Two major accounts have been identified. First, spatial codes may constitute an intrinsic part of number representations stored in the brain -- a perspective most commonly referred to as the Mental Number Line account. Second, spatial codes may be generated at the level of working memory when number (or other) representations are coordinated in function of a specific task. The aim of the current paper is twofold. First, whereas a pure Mental Number Line account cannot capture the complexity of observations reported in the literature, we here explore if and how a pure working memory account can suffice. Second, we make explicit (more than in our earlier work) the potential building blocks of such a working memory account, thereby providing clear and concrete foci for empirical efforts to test the feasibility of the account.},
  articleno    = {977},
  author       = {Abrahamse, Elger and van Dijck, Jean-Philippe and Fias, Wim},
  issn         = {1664-1078},
  journal      = {FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {11},
  title        = {How does working memory enable number-induced spatial biases?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00977},
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2016},
}

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