Notation-Dependent and -Independent Representations of Numbers in the Parietal Lobes

Roi Cohen Kadosh, Kathrin Cohen Kadosh, Amanda Kaas, Avishai Henik, Rainer Goebel

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Abstract

It is a commonly held view that numbers are represented in an abstract way in both parietal lobes. This view is based on failures to find differences between various notational representations. Here we show that by using relatively smaller voxels together with an adaptation paradigm and analyzing subjects on an individual basis it is possible to detect specialized numerical representations. The current results reveal a left/right asymmetry in parietal lobe function. In contrast to an abstract representation in the left parietal lobe, the numerical representation in the right parietal lobe is notation dependent and thus includes nonabstract representations. Our results challenge the commonly held belief that numbers are represented solely in an abstract way in the human brain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-314
Number of pages8
JournalNeuron
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 Jan 2007

Keywords

  • SYSBIO
  • SYSNEURO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience

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