Comparative judgment of numerosity and numerical magnitude: attention preempts automaticity.

  title={Comparative judgment of numerosity and numerical magnitude: attention preempts automaticity.},
  author={Ainat Pansky and Daniel Algom},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  volume={28 2},
It is commonly believed that humans are unable to ignore the meanings of numerical symbols, even when these meanings are irrelevant to the task at hand. In 5 experiments, the authors tested the notion of automatic activation of numerical magnitude by asking participants to compare, while timed, pairs of numerical arrays on either numerosity or numerical value. Garner and Stroop effects were used to gauge the degree of interactive processing. The results showed that both effects were sensitive… CONTINUE READING

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