Perceiving numbers causes spatial shifts of attention

Martin H. Fischer, Alan D. Castel, Michael D. Dodd, Jay Pratt

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Number symbols are part of our everyday visual world. Here we show that merely looking at numbers causes a shift in covert attention to the left or right side, depending upon the number's magnitude. This observation implies obligatory activation of number meaning and signals a tight coupling of internal and external representations of space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)555-556
Number of pages2
JournalNature Neuroscience
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience

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