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Is Speed a Magnitude?: Neurocognitive Estimations of Speed and its’ Connection to Time, Space and Numeric/Quantity Estimations
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 12 credits / 18 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Är Hastighet en Magnitud? : Neurokogntiva Estimat av Hastighet och Dess Koppling till Estimat av Tid, Rymd, och Nummer/Kvanta (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Associations between space, time, numbers and quantities have suggested that there must be a shared representational format which underlies them. One of the more prominent theories of an underlying system of representation is that of ATOM, which suggests that the there exists a generalized system of magnitude which processes these dimensions. However, there has been no study that examines whether speed is also processed within such a system. This study investigates this by seeing if a SNARC or Problem-Size effect arise in two speed estimation tests. The fundamental task for the participants in both tests was to judge which of two stimuli was the fastest, with the stimuli moving towards a wall located in the center of a computer screen. Their correct discrimination and response time was recorded. The results found that there were no significant results for either effect. This might be due to low sample size, methodological difficulties, and low robustness. Future research might amend these difficulties by having a more consistent setup with more trials reflecting the effect being tested and fix some potential problems with the test environment.

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2018. , p. 37
Keywords [en]
; Speed, Time, Number, Space, Mental Line, Magnitude, ATOM, Problem Size, SNARC
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156255ISRN: LIU-IDA/KOGVET-G--18/030—SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-156255DiVA, id: diva2:1303528
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Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-04-09 Last updated: 2019-05-02Bibliographically approved

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