Changes in the sensory properties of numerosity stimuli have a direct effect on the outcomes of nonsymbolic number tasks. This suggests a prominent role of sensory properties in numerosity processing. However, the current consensus holds that numerosity is processed independent of its sensory properties. To investigate the role of sensory cues in ordinal number processes, we manipulated both dimensions orthogonally. Participants passively viewed the stimuli while their brain activity was measured using EEG. The results revealed an interaction between numerosity and its sensory properties in the absence of main effects. Different neural responses were present for trials where numerosity and sensory cues changed in the same direction compared with trials where they changed in opposite directions. These results show that the sensory cues are expected to change in concert with numerosity and support the notion that the visual cues are taken into account when judging numerosity.

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