The relationship between the shape of the mental number line and familiarity with numbers in 5- to 9-year old children: evidence for a segmented linear model.

@article{Ebersbach2008TheRB,
  title={The relationship between the shape of the mental number line and familiarity with numbers in 5- to 9-year old children: evidence for a segmented linear model.},
  author={Mirjam Ebersbach and Koen Luwel and Andrea Frick and Patrick Onghena and Lieven Verschaffel},
  journal={Journal of experimental child psychology},
  year={2008},
  volume={99 1},
  pages={1-17}
}
This experiment aimed to expand previous findings on the development of mental number representation. We tested the hypothesis that children's familiarity with numbers is directly reflected by the shape of their mental number line. This mental number line was expected to be linear as long as numbers lay within the range of numbers children were familiar with. Five- to 9-year-olds (N=78) estimated the positions of numbers on an external number line and additionally completed a counting… CONTINUE READING
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