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The spatial numerical association of response codes effect and math skills: why related?

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posted on 20.04.2020 by Krzysztof Cipora, Yunfeng He, Hans-Christoph Nuerk
Evidence from multiple studies conducted in the past few decades converges on the conclusion that numerical properties can be associated with specific directions in space. Such Spatial-Numerical Associations (SNAs), as a signature of elementary number processing, seem to be a likely correlate of math skills. Nevertheless, almost three decades of research on the Spatial Numerical Association of Response Codes (SNARC) effect, the hallmark of SNAs, has not provided conclusive results on whether there is a relation with math skills. Here, going beyond reviewing the existing literature on the topic, we try to answer a more fundamental question about WHY the SNARC effect should (and should not) be related to math skills. We propose a multi-route model framework for a SNARC-math skills relationship. We conclude that the relationship is not straightforward and that several other factors should be considered, which under certain circumstances or in certain groups, can cause effects of opposite directions. The model can account for conflicting results, and thus may be helpful for deriving predictions in future studies

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DFG (NU 265/3-1)

LEAD Graduate School & Research Network (GSC1028)

China Scholarship Council (No.201806800002)

Science and Technology Agency of Liaoning (Project: 20170520278)

Liaoning University (Project: LDQN2017006)

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  • Science

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  • Mathematics Education Centre

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Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

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Wiley Periodicals, LLC on behalf of New York Academy of Sciences

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VoR (Version of Record)

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This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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07/04/2020

Publication date

2020-04-29

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0077-8923

eISSN

1749-6632

Language

en

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Dr Krzysztof Cipora Deposit date: 9 April 2020

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