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A critical review of number order judgements and arithmetic: What do order verification tasks actually measure?

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posted on 2022-10-27, 09:10 authored by Declan Devlin, Korbinian MoellerKorbinian Moeller, Bert Reynvoet, Francesco SellaFrancesco Sella

Number order processing is thought to contribute to arithmetic development. Although we typically assess order processing using order verification tasks, there is reason to question what these tasks actually measure. For instance, a supposed hallmark of order verification -the reverse distance effect- has been shown to be frequently absent and inconsistently related to arithmetic. In this critical review, we consider the cognitive mechanisms underlying order verification, including how these may explain both the presence and absence of the reverse distance effect, as well as the association between ordering and arithmetic. Although some studies suggested order verification tasks primarily reflect the use of memory-retrieval strategies, others suggested verification may primarily be influenced by our early experiences with the count-list. Therefore, we highlight establishing the mechanisms underlying this task as an important goal for future research. Furthermore, apparent limitations of this task suggest we should consider alternative methods of assessing order processing.

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  • Science

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  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

Cognitive Development

Volume

64

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Authors

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

2022-10-11

Publication date

2022-10-19

Copyright date

2022

ISSN

0885-2014

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Francesco Sella. Deposit date: 26 October 2022

Article number

101262

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