The closer that numbers presented to us are, the longer it takes us to compare them. This suggests that we solve such problems with a mental number line.
Last time we discussed "acalculia,"the condition whereby people with neurological damage, say by stroke, find themselves suddenly unable to work with numbers.
Time for your moment of science math quiz. Ready? Which of the following numbers is larger: 90 or 50? 16 or 14? 9 or 7? But, this was a psychology quiz not math