Expanding on the mental number line: zero is perceived as the "smallest".

@article{Pinhas2012ExpandingOT,
  title={Expanding on the mental number line: zero is perceived as the "smallest".},
  author={Michal Pinhas and Joseph Tzelgov},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  year={2012},
  volume={38 5},
  pages={
          1187-205
        }
}
The representation of 0 in healthy adults was studied with the physical comparison task. Automatic processing of numbers, as indicated by the size congruity effect, was used for detecting the basic numerical representations stored in long-term memory. The size congruity effect usually increases with numerical distance between the physically compared numbers. This increase was attenuated for comparisons to 0 or 1 (but not to 2) when they were perceived as the smallest number in the set… CONTINUE READING
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