Are there rapid feedback effects on Approximate Number System acuity?
2013 (English)In: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, ISSN 1662-5161, Vol. 7, 270- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Humans are believed to be equipped with an Approximate Number System (ANS) that supports non-symbolic representations of numerical magnitude. Correlations between individual measures of the precision of the ANS and mathematical ability have raised the question of whether the precision can be improved by feedback training. A study (DeWind and Brannon, 2012) reported improvement in discrimination precision occurring within 600700 trials of feedback, suggesting ANS malleability with rapidly improving acuity in response to feedback. We tried to replicate the rapid improvement in a control group design, while controlling for the use of perceptual cues. The results indicate no learning effects, but a minor constant advantage for the feedback group. The measures of motivation suggest that feedback has a positive effect on motivation and that the difference in discrimination is due to the greater motivation of participants with feedback. These results suggest that at least for adults the number sense may not respond to feedback in the short-term.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 7, 270- p.
Approximate Number System, feedback, learning, numerosity, numerical, estimation
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-204108DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00270ISI: 000320227700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-204108DiVA: diva2:637800