Are numbers special? Comparing the generation of verbal materials from ordered categories (months) to numbers and other categories (animals) in an fMRI study.

@article{Ischebeck2008AreNS,
  title={Are numbers special? Comparing the generation of verbal materials from ordered categories (months) to numbers and other categories (animals) in an fMRI study.},
  author={Anja Ischebeck and Stefan Heim and Christian M. Siedentopf and Laura Zamarian and Michael Schocke and Christian Kremser and Karl Egger and Hans Strenge and Filip Scheperjans and Margarete Delazer},
  journal={Human brain mapping},
  year={2008},
  volume={29 8},
  pages={894-909}
}
Months, days of the week, and numbers differ from other verbal concepts because they are ordered in a sequence, whereas no order is imposed on members of other categories, such as animals or tools. Recent studies suggest that numbers activate a representation of their quantity within the intraparietal sulcus (IPS) automatically, that is, in tasks that do not require the processing of quantity. It is unclear, however, whether ordered verbal materials in general and not only numbers activate the… CONTINUE READING

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