ISSN 0439-755X
CN 11-1911/B

心理学报 ›› 2017, Vol. 49 ›› Issue (8): 995-1008.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1041.2017.00995

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大小判断任务中正负号及其异同对 SNARC效应的影响

 韩萌;  毛新瑞;  蔡梦彤;  贾茜;  郭春彦   

  1.  (首都师范大学心理系, 北京市“学习与认知”重点实验室, 北京 100048)
  • 收稿日期:2016-11-29 出版日期:2017-08-25 发布日期:2017-06-25
  • 通讯作者: 郭春彦, E-mail: E-mail:E-mail:
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 The effect of positive and negative signs on the SNARC effect in the magnitude judgment task

 HAN Meng; MAO Xinrui; CAI Mengtong; JIA Xi; GUO Chunyan   

  1.  (Beijing Key Laboratory of “Learning & Cognition”, Department of Psychology, Capital Normal University, Beijing 100048, China)
  • Received:2016-11-29 Online:2017-08-25 Published:2017-06-25
  • Contact: GUO Chunyan, E-mail: E-mail:E-mail:
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摘要:  SNARC效应(Spatial-Numerical Association of Response Codes)是指被试对数字做按键反应时, 对于较小的数字, 按左键的速度快于按右键; 对于较大的数字, 按右键的速度快于按左键。本研究以ERP作为测量手段, 采用修正的大小判断任务, 旨在探究数字正负号及其异同对SNARC效应的影响。行为结果发现, 在反应时上, 当目标数字与基线数字正负号相同且基线数字为+5时, 一致条件显著快于不一致条件。ERP结果发现, 当目标数字与基线数字正负号相同时, 无论基线数字为+5还是–5, 在反应选择阶段, 不一致都比一致条件更负且均诱发了P3。当目标数字与基线数字正负号相异时, 若基线数字为+5, 一致比不一致条件在刺激呈现阶段诱发了波幅显著更小的N300; 若基线数字为–5, 一致比不一致条件在反应执行阶段诱发了更正的LPP。无论目标数字与基线数字正负号相同还是相异, 在反应选择阶段, 不一致都比一致条件更负且均诱发了P3, 表明出现了SNARC效应。同时, SNARC效应的出现激活了额叶头皮位置, 负数加工伴随左额叶的激活, 而正数加工伴随右额叶的激活, 溯源分析结果进一步表明SNARC效应定位于额叶与顶叶。这些结果说明负数按实际大小表征在心理数字线上, 支持了负数空间表征的个体发展论假说; 表明符号捷径机制会改变SNARC效应的发生时间; 同时证明了负数与正数的空间表征具有不同的优势半球。

关键词:  SNARC效应, 符号捷径机制, 负数表征, 心理数字线, ERP

Abstract:  Based on previous investigations, positive and negative sign is an important factor of SNARC (Spatial-Numerical Association of Response Codes) effect. Magnitude judgments of different signed numbers are solved by an obvious sign shortcut mechanism. When both numbers are negative, there are arguments between ontogenetic hypothesis and phylogenetic hypothesis. The ontogenetic hypothesis supposes that negative numbers are mapped onto the mental number line according to their numerical value, but phylogenetic hypothesis inserts that the representation of negative numbers depends on their absolute numerical value. Whether the SNARC effect is processed in the stage of response selection or stimulus presentation is also under discussion. Although frontal lobe and parietal lobe are generally considered as the key brain regions of the SNARC effect, hemispheric dominance of this effect still needs exploration. Therefore, our research focused on four points: 1) how sign shortcut mechanism affected the SNARC effect, 2) how negative numbers represented on the mental number line, 3) how the signs of numbers affected the processing stage of the SNARC effect, 4) the key brain regions and hemispheric dominance of the SNARC effect. In the current experiment, we used modified “magnitude judgments” paradigm with ERPs recorded, to investigate how positive and negative signs influence the SNARC effect. Participants were informed the base number and the response mode before the task, then they were instructed to compare the sizes of the target numbers (–9~+9, excluded –5, 0 and +5) and the base number (–5 or +5). Two manners of keying were adopted, including congruent keying and incongruent keying. Congruent keying required participants to make “smaller” responses with the key “F” (left) and make “larger” responses with the key “J” (right). Conversely, incongruent keying required participants to make “smaller” response with the key “J” (right) and make “larger” response with the key “F” (left). Accordingly, the SNARC effect refers to the situation where the reaction times of congruent keying were shorter than those of incongruent keying. Behaviorally, different sign comparisons had higher accuracy rates than same sign comparisons. Besides, when the base number was +5, accuracy rates were higher than the condition where the base number was –5. For reaction times, responses to different sign comparisons were faster than responses to the same sign comparisons. Compared to –5, reaction time was shorter when the base number was +5. Congruent keying reacted faster than incongruent keying. In the same sign comparisons, if the base number was +5, congruent keying was faster than incongruent keying. But if the base number was –5, there was no difference between two keying types. ERP results showed that congruent keying elicited more positive P3 in response selection stage, no matter in different or same sign comparisons, which represented the SNARC effect. When base and target numbers were different signed numbers, the sign shortcut mechanism affected SNARC differently. Specificlly, when the target numbers were negative, congruent keying produced smaller N300 than incongruent keying in the stimulus presentation stage. However, when the target numbers were positive, congruent keying produced more positive LPP in the response execution stage. Traceability analysis showed that SNARC effect activated frontal lobe and parietal lobe. The negative numbers were processed with the activation of left frontal regions but positive numbers were processed with the activation of right frontal regions. Our findings suggest that: the spatial representation of negative numbers supports ontogenetic hypothesis. Positive signs and negative signs can modulate the processing stage of the SNARC effect. The spatial representation of positive and negative numbers depends on different dominant hemisphere.

Key words:  SNARC effect, sign shortcut mechanism, negative number representation, mental number line, ERP