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SNARC, SCARC, SMARC und SPARC. Gibt es raumfreie Grössen?


Brugger, P (2008). SNARC, SCARC, SMARC und SPARC. Gibt es raumfreie Grössen? Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie, 19(4):271-274.

Abstract

In this commentary I muse about the currently exploding literature on associations between the left and right side of space and magnitudes which, on a phenomenal level, do not have any spatial dimension. Numbers, musical pitch and temporal duration are among these magnitudes, but even more abstract concepts such as religiousness and political orientation may have some analog representation. Inferior parietal cortex plays an important role in the mediation of both space and magnitude information. However, the space-quantity associations discussed here are not entirely hardwired, but critically shaped by cultural factors. Thus, investigations of the spatial characteristics of non-spatial magnitudes may hold the key to an understanding of the convergence zones between neural substrate and culture.

In this commentary I muse about the currently exploding literature on associations between the left and right side of space and magnitudes which, on a phenomenal level, do not have any spatial dimension. Numbers, musical pitch and temporal duration are among these magnitudes, but even more abstract concepts such as religiousness and political orientation may have some analog representation. Inferior parietal cortex plays an important role in the mediation of both space and magnitude information. However, the space-quantity associations discussed here are not entirely hardwired, but critically shaped by cultural factors. Thus, investigations of the spatial characteristics of non-spatial magnitudes may hold the key to an understanding of the convergence zones between neural substrate and culture.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neurology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:German
Date:2008
Deposited On:22 Dec 2008 15:43
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:46
Publisher:Hans Huber
ISSN:1016-264X
Additional Information:This article does not exactly replicate the final version published in the journal "Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie". It is not a copy of the original published article and is not suitable for citation.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1024/1016-264X.19.4.271
Related URLs:http://www.psycontent.com/content/r771112370166322/?p=5dfed6e509514aaca26f722a6655c965&pi=5 (Publisher)
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-9130

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