How many is a zillion? Sources of number distortion.

  title={How many is a zillion? Sources of number distortion.},
  author={Lance J. Rips},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition},
  volume={39 4},
When young children attempt to locate the positions of numerals on a number line, the positions are often logarithmically rather than linearly distributed. This finding has been taken as evidence that the children represent numbers on a mental number line that is logarithmically calibrated. This article reports a statistical simulation showing that log-like positioning is a consequence of 2 factors: the bounded nature of the number line and greater uncertainty about the meaning of the larger… CONTINUE READING
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