Effects of meaning and symmetry on judgments of size

Reber, Rolf; Christensen, Bo T.; Meier, Beat (2014). Effects of meaning and symmetry on judgments of size. Frontiers in Psychology, 5(1270), pp. 1-6. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01270

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Research has shown that people judge words as having bigger font size than non-words. This finding has been interpreted in terms of processing fluency, with higher fluency leading to judgments of bigger size. If so, symmetric numbers (e.g., 44) which can be processed more fluently are predicted to be judged as larger than asymmetric numbers (e.g., 43). However, recent research found that symmetric numbers were judged to be smaller than asymmetric numbers. This finding suggests that the mechanisms underlying size judgments may differ in meaningful and meaningless materials. Supporting this notion, we showed in Experiment 1 that meaning increased judged size, whereas symmetry decreased judged size. In the next two experiments, we excluded several alternative explanations for the differences in size judgments between meaningful and meaningless materials in earlier studies. This finding contradicts the notion that the mechanism underlying judgments of size is processing fluency.

Item Type: Journal Article (Original Article)
Division/Institute: 07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Experimental Psychology and Neuropsychology
UniBE Contributor: Meier, Beat
Subjects: 100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
ISSN: 1664-1078
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Language: English
Submitter: Anna Maria Ruprecht
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 09:25
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2015 11:09
Publisher DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01270
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.59942
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/59942

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