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Verbal structure of numerals and digits handwriting: New evidence from kinematics

Published inQuarterly journal of experimental psychology. A, vol. 55, no. 1, p. 263-288
Publication date2002

Two experiments used a digitizing tablet to analyse the temporal, spatial, and kinematic characteristics of handwritten production of arabic numbers. They addressed a specific issue of the numerical domain:Does the lexical and syntactic structure of verbal numerals influence the production of arabic numerals (Experiments 1 and 2), even after enforced semantic processing in a comparison task (Experiment 2)? Subjects had to write multi–digit arabic numerals (e.g., 1200) presented in two different verbal structures: a multiplicative one (e.g., teen-hundred, douze cents (twelve hundred)) or an additive one (e.g., thousand-unit-hundred, mille deux cents (one thousand two hundred)). Results show differences in the inter-digit jumps that reflect the influence of the structure of verbal numerals, even after the semantic task.This finding is discussedwith regard to different models of number transcoding (McCloskey, Caramazza, & Basili, 1985; Power & Dal Martello, 1990, 1997).

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LOCHY, Aliette et al. Verbal structure of numerals and digits handwriting: New evidence from kinematics. In: Quarterly journal of experimental psychology. A, 2002, vol. 55, n° 1, p. 263–288. doi: 10.1080/02724980143000271
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