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Luca Tommasi, Mary A. Peterson, and Lynn Nadel

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012935

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012935.001.0001

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Numerical and Spatial Intuitions: A Role for Posterior Parietal Cortex?

Numerical and Spatial Intuitions: A Role for Posterior Parietal Cortex?

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Cognitive Biology

Edward M. Hubbard

Manuela Piazza

Philippe Pinel

Stanislas Dehaene

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This chapter discusses the close connection between numbers and space. First, it demonstrates the automaticity of numerical-spatial interactions via the spatial numerical association of response codes (SNARC) effect. It then reviews recent behavioral, patient, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies that suggest that numerical manipulations are dependent upon intact spatial representations. Studies that support the role of the parietal cortex in number processing are also examined.

Keywords:   numbers, space, numerical-spatial interactions, SNARC effect, transcranial magnetic stimulation, TMS, numerical manipulations, spatial representations, parietal cortex, number processing

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