Virtual robot links body to numbers just like humans

Read more: "Squishybots: Soft, bendy and smarter than ever" ONE of the many curious habits of the human brain is that we tend to associate small numbers with the left side of our body and large numbers with our right. The so-called SNARC (spatial-numerical association of response codes) effect is well established: people respond faster to a number (by pressing a button, say) with their left hand when the number is small and with their right hand when the number is large. Similarly, people who have brain damage that causes them to ignore the left side of their body show a bias towards larger numbers when asked to report the middle of a numerical interval. This way of learning sets up links between small numbers and the part of the brain that controls our left side, and vice versa, that persists into adulthood.

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