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Nat Neurosci. 2003 Jun;6(6):555-6.

Perceiving numbers causes spatial shifts of attention.

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Psychology Department, University of Dundee, DD1 4HN Scotland. m.h.fischer@dundee.ac.uk

Abstract

Number symbols are part of our everyday visual world. Here we show that merely looking at numbers causes a shift in covert attention to the left or right side, depending upon the number's magnitude. This observation implies obligatory activation of number meaning and signals a tight coupling of internal and external representations of space.

PMID:
12754517
DOI:
10.1038/nn1066
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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