Cognitive Processing

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 43–49 | Cite as

Do people access meaning when they name banknotes?

Research Report


Do people access the monetary value of banknotes when they say them aloud? In this study, we evaluated this question by asking people to name sequences of euro banknotes blocked by category or mixed with exemplars of other categories. The participants did not show an interference effect in the blocked context. The absence of semantic interference effect was also observed when participants named euro banknotes that did not have imprinted monetary value. These results suggest a direct connection between perceiving banknotes and accessing their names.


Cognitive processing of currency Naming banknotes Number cognition Blocking paradigm 


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© Marta Olivetti Belardinelli and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Psicología Experimental, Facultad de PsicologíaUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.University of MurciaMurciaSpain

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