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Analogue magnitude representation of angles and its relation to geometric expertise

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posted on 2024-04-19, 08:54 authored by Mateusz Hohol, Piotr Szymanek, Krzysztof CiporaKrzysztof Cipora

The distance effect (comparing objects becomes easier with increasing differences in their magnitude) is observed in tasks ranging across domains, and its existence has been interpreted as evidence for analogue magnitude representation. Similarly, associations between response side and magnitude (faster left/right-sided responses to small/large objects, respectively) are observed across domains. We investigated the analogue processing of angles and the association between angle magnitude and response side in relation to geometric expertise. We compared the behavioural pattern of two groups—architects and controls—in a direct angle magnitude classification task (i.e., judge whether a presented angle was greater or less than 90°) and in an indirect task (i.e., judge whether an angle was drawn with a dashed or continuous line). We found a robust distance effect for reaction times and accuracy at the whole sample level and in each group separately. Architects revealed a smaller distance effect for accuracy than controls. This could be interpreted as an argument for a more precise analogue representation of angles in experts compared to non-experts. However, we did not find evidence for an association between angle magnitude and response side in any group.

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Centre for Early Mathematics Learning

Economic and Social Research Council

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Mechanisms of geometric cognition

National Science Center

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Priority Research Area ‘Society of the Future’ of the Strategic Programme ‘Excellence Initiative’ at Jagiellonian University

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  • Mathematics Education Centre

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Scientific Reports

Volume

14

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Springer Nature

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2024-04-11

Publication date

2024-04-18

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2024

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2045-2322

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2045-2322

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  • en

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Dr Krzysztof Cipora. Deposit date: 18 April 2024

Article number

8997

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