Small on the left, large on the right: numbers orient visual attention onto space in preverbal infants.

@article{Bulf2016SmallOT,
  title={Small on the left, large on the right: numbers orient visual attention onto space in preverbal infants.},
  author={Hermann Bulf and Maria-Dolores de Hevia and Viola Macchi Cassia},
  journal={Developmental science},
  year={2016},
  volume={19 3},
  pages={394-401}
}
Numbers are represented as ordered magnitudes along a spatially oriented number line. While culture and formal education modulate the direction of this number-space mapping, it is a matter of debate whether its emergence is entirely driven by cultural experience. By registering 8-9-month-old infants' eye movements, this study shows that numerical cues are critical in orienting infants' visual attention towards a peripheral region of space that is congruent with the number's relative position on… CONTINUE READING
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