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Interactive coin addition: How hands can help us think


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Payne, S. and Neth, H., 2011. Interactive coin addition: How hands can help us think. In: Carlson, L., Hölscher, C. and Shipley, T., eds. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, pp. 279-284.

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Abstract

Does using our hands help us to add the value of a set of coins? We test the benefits and costs of direct interaction with a mental arithmetic task in a computerized yoked design in which groups of participants vary in their interactive mode (move vs. look) and the initial configuration of coins (pseudo-random vs. another mover’s final layout). By assessing performance and conducting a microgenetic analysis of the strategies employed we argue that the purpose of movement is the result, rather than the process of moving. Participants move coins in order to sort, rather than to mark, and select them by value, rather than by location. They spontaneously create remarkably smart solutions, thereby incidentally creating physical configurations that can help other problem solvers.

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Item Type Book Sections
CreatorsPayne, S.and Neth, H.
EditorsCarlson, L., Hölscher, C. and Shipley, T.
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DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Computer Science
StatusPublished
ID Code26367
Additional Information'Expanding the Space of Cognitive Science'. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Boston, Massachusetts, July 20-23, 2011

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