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Mental simulation and its influence on finger-based numerical representations

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posted on 2021-11-24, 15:07 authored by Isabella Luise Kreilinger, Korbinian MoellerKorbinian Moeller, Silvia Pixner
Background
There is evidence indicating beneficial effects of mental simulation on athletic and musical performance. We evaluated whether such beneficial effects of mental simulation generalize to the cognitive domain in terms of embodied (finger-based) numerical representations.

Methods
We assessed 70 preschoolers (36 girls, mean age 5;9) on tasks assessing different basic numerical skills (e.g., counting, cardinality understanding, number composition, etc.) as well as different aspects of finger-based numerical representations. A subgroub completed a mental simulation phase prior to testing finger-based representations.

Results
Children who completed the mental simulation phase, performed better on the tasks assessing finger-based representations compared to, children who did not complete the simulation phase. This held even when controlling for performance in basic numerical skills.

Conclusion
This study provides evidence that beneficial effects of mental simulation generalize to embodied (finger-based) numerical representations. Mental simulation may be useful to integrate in the instruction of basic numerical skills.

Funding

Tyrolean science fond (TWF: Uni-0404-2101)

DFG grant MO 2525/7-1

History

School

  • Science

Department

  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

Trends in Neuroscience and Education

Volume

25

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Trends in Neuroscience and Education and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tine.2021.100167.

Acceptance date

2021-11-11

Publication date

2021-11-14

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

2211-9493

Language

  • en

Depositor

Prof Korbinian Moeller. Deposit date: 23 November 2021

Article number

100167

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