Automatic Comparisons of Artificial Digits Never Compared: Learning Linear Ordering Relations

Joseph Tzelgov, Vered Yehene, Lital Kotler, Ariel Alon

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Abstract

In 2 experiments, participants were trained to perform magnitude decisions, that is, decide which of 2 arbitrary symbols in a pair represented a larger magnitude. The symbols corresponded to locations on an implicit linear scale. Training resulted in a Stroop-like size congruity effect when the participants had to decide which symbol in a pair was physically larger. This effect, showing automaticity of the processing of magnitude relations, was also obtained for pairs never encountered during practice. The implications of these findings for processing of magnitude relations and for theories of automaticity are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-120
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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