Cognitive Interferences and Their Development in the Context of Numerical Tasks: Review and Implications

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Abstract

Different numerical tasks involve different types of interference. This chapter reviews some of these interferences. Then it focuses on the relationship between the level of skill and the observed interference. It has been well documented that the interference increases with the numerical skill level. However, it seems that when a wide range of skill levels is examined, from low to extreme top, the relationship between the two factors can be better described as an inverted u shape, as from a certain point of high proficiency the observed interference might begin to decrease. Two alternative explanations have been offered for this pattern of relationship. One is numerically specific while the other is grounded in the general theory of inhibition and skill development. It is suggested that general theories regarding inhibition and automatic activations can help us rethink the findings on numerical abilities and widen our understanding in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeterogeneity of Function in Numerical Cognition
EditorsAvishai Henik, Wim Fias
Place of PublicationAtlanta, USA
PublisherElsevier
Chapter13
Pages245-262
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780128115299
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (all)
  • Medicine (all)

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