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The associations between space and numbers seems to vary across lifetime development: some space-number relationships become weaker with age so that it is easier to inhibit processing of irrelevant spatial / numerical features in conflicting stimuli. On the other hand, some space number associations are strengthened in lifetime development, possibly due to longer exposure to cultural factors, as well as due to decrease in efficiency of inhibition mechanism.
A better theoretical distinction is needed to differentiate the development of different types of space-number relationships over the lifetime. For instance, an important distinction in such models is the distinction between directionality of space-number relations (e.g., SNARC effect) and extension of spatial and numerical magnitudes, such as conflicts between spatial and numerical codes in Approximate Number System (ANS) tasks, where different numerosities (and hence different visually corresponding aspects) have to be compared.
In this Research Topic, we would like to bring together a wide range of empirical and theoretical perspectives of lifetime development of the relationships between several aspects of spatial and numerical processing. These papers may, for instance, cover spatial-directional biases (SNARC-related effects), relations between spatial and numerical magnitudes and orders (such as ANS tasks or number line estimation tasks or operational momentum tasks), or the relationship between purely spatial (e.g., spatial working memory) and purely numerical tasks. Submitted manuscripts are not restricted to any particular method or any particular age during life course development and can have any format allowed in Frontiers of Psychology. Any contribution on the above aspects of the relationship between spatial and number processing in the human lifetime which helps us to understand how space-number relationships are developed, maintained, changed, or eventually lost, is welcome.
Keywords: space-number associations; cultural and linguistic influences; SNARC, approximate number system, number line estimation
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