Publications by authors named "Arianna Felisatti"

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"BreaThink": breathing affects production and perception of quantities.

Exp Brain Res 2021 Jun 12. Epub 2021 Jun 12.

Cognitive Sciences Division, Psychology Department, University of Potsdam, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, 14476, Potsdam, Germany.

Cognition is shaped by signals from outside and within the body. Following recent evidence of interoceptive signals modulating higher-level cognition, we examined whether breathing changes the production and perception of quantities. In Experiment 1, 22 adults verbally produced on average larger random numbers after inhaling than after exhaling. In Experiment 2, 24 further adults estimated the numerosity of dot patterns that were briefly shown after either inhaling or exhaling. Again, we obtained on average larger responses following inhalation than exhalation. These converging results extend models of situated cognition according to which higher-level cognition is sensitive to transient interoceptive states.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00221-021-06147-zDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8196292PMC
June 2021

Separation/connection procedures: From cleansing behavior to numerical cognition.

Behav Brain Sci 2021 02 18;44:e5. Epub 2021 Feb 18.

Institute of Psychology, German Sport University, Cologne, Germany50933.   https://www.dshs-koeln.de/visitenkarte/person/alexej-michirev/.

Lee and Schwarz (L&S) suggest that separation is the grounded procedure underlying cleansing effects in different psychological domains. Here, we interpret L&S's account from a hierarchical view of cognition that considers the influence of physical properties and sensorimotor constraints on mental representations. This approach allows theoretical integration and generalization of L&S's account to the domain of formal quantitative reasoning.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X20000461DOI Listing
February 2021

A biological foundation for spatial-numerical associations: the brain's asymmetric frequency tuning.

Ann N Y Acad Sci 2020 10 9;1477(1):44-53. Epub 2020 Jul 9.

Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany.

"Left" and "right" coordinates control our spatial behavior and even influence abstract thoughts. For number concepts, horizontal spatial-numerical associations (SNAs) have been widely documented: we associate few with left and many with right. Importantly, increments are universally coded on the right side even in preverbal humans and nonhuman animals, thus questioning the fundamental role of directional cultural habits, such as reading or finger counting. Here, we propose a biological, nonnumerical mechanism for the origin of SNAs on the basis of asymmetric tuning of animal brains for different spatial frequencies (SFs). The resulting selective visual processing predicts both universal SNAs and their context-dependence. We support our proposal by analyzing the stimuli used to document SNAs in newborns for their SF content. As predicted, the SFs contained in visual patterns with few versus many elements preferentially engage right versus left brain hemispheres, respectively, thus predicting left-versus rightward behavioral biases. Our "brain's asymmetric frequency tuning" hypothesis explains the perceptual origin of horizontal SNAs for nonsymbolic visual numerosities and might be extensible to the auditory domain.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14418DOI Listing
October 2020

Commentary: A mental number line in human newborns.

Front Hum Neurosci 2020 24;14:99. Epub 2020 Mar 24.

Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7105603PMC
March 2020
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