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The language of magnitude comparison
University of Essex.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2014 (English)In: Journal of experimental psychology. General, ISSN 0096-3445, E-ISSN 1939-2222, Vol. 143, no 2, 510-520 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

When 2 objects differ in magnitude, their relation can be described with a "smaller" comparative (e.g., less, shorter, lower) or a "larger" comparative (e.g., more, taller, higher). We show that, across multiple dimensions and tasks, English speakers preferentially use the latter. In sentence completion tasks, this higher use of larger comparatives (HULC) effect is more pronounced when the larger item is presented on the left (for simultaneous presentation) or second (for sequential presentation). The HULC effect is not diminished by making the 2 items more similar, but it is somewhat lessened when both objects are of low magnitude. These results illuminate the processes underlying the judgment and representation of relative magnitudes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved).

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2014. Vol. 143, no 2, 510-520 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20791DOI: 10.1037/a0034143PubMedID: 23957280OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-20791DiVA: diva2:680837
Available from: 2013-12-18 Created: 2013-12-18 Last updated: 2017-08-15Bibliographically approved

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