Journal article

Spatial complexity facilitates ordinal mapping with a novel symbol set

Christine Podwysocki, Robert A Reeve, Jacob M Paul, Jason D Forte

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020


The representation of number symbols is assumed to be unique, and not shared with other ordinal sequences. However, little research has examined if this is the case, or whether properties of symbols (such as spatial complexity) affect ordinal learning. Two studies were conducted to investigate if the property of spatial complexity affects learning ordinal sequences. In Study 1, 46 adults made a series of judgements about two novel symbol sets (Gibson and Sunúz). The goal was to find a novel symbol set that could be ordered by spatial complexity. In Study 2, 84 adults learned to order nine novel symbols (Sunúz) with a paired comparison task, judging which symbol was 'larger' (whereby the larg..

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