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When digits help digits spatial-numerical associations point to finger counting as prime example of embodied cognition

  • Spatial numerical associations (SNAs) are prevalent yet their origin is poorly understood. We first consider the possible prime role of reading habits in shaping SNAs and list three observations that argue against a prominent influence of this role: (1) directional reading habits for numbers may conflict with those for non-numerical symbols, (2) short-term experimental manipulations can overrule the impact of decades of reading experience, (3) SNAs predate the acquisition of reading. As a promising alternative, we discuss behavioral, neuroscientific, and neuropsychological evidence in support of finger counting as the most likely initial determinant of SNAs. Implications of this "manumerical cognition" stance for the distinction between grounded, embodied, and situated cognition are discussed.

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Author:Martin H. FischerORCiDGND, Peter Brugger
DOI:https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00260
ISSN:1664-1078 (print)
Parent Title (English):Frontiers in psychology
Publisher:Frontiers Research Foundation
Place of publication:Lausanne
Document Type:Review
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2011
Year of Completion:2011
Release Date:2017/03/26
Tag:embodied cognition; finger counting; numerical cognition
Volume:2
Pagenumber:7
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Psychologie
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access