Here’s an interesting insight into how people think: most people (at least in the West) mentally represent smaller numbers to their left and larger numbers to their right.
Details of the research are here.
It’s the latest straw in a mounting pile of evidence that subtle environmental factors can have a profound influence on how people think.
And, of course, the researchers often appear to forget that people are individuals, with individual differences. I know from my own work with clients that different people represent numbers differently, though with similarities across cultures.
So there’s an experiment here, a bit like the pronouns exercise I showed on YouTube last week.
When you think of the number 1, where do you think of it? (By the way, does it have a size or a shape?)
When you think of the number 6, where is that?
When you think of the number 100, where is that?
And is there a relationship between those locations?
Please post your answers in the “comments” below!
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