Experiment 1: non-symbolic condition. (a) Topographic distribution of the average brain activity in the non-symbolic condition of Experiment 2. ERPs to dot arrays far from 5 (1 and 9) were subtracted from ERPs to dot arrays near to 5 (4 and 6). There was a strong bilateral negativity over the N1-P2p transition and the P2p time window. (b) Event-related potentials to non-symbolic stimuli in Experiment 1. Near and far distances over the right inferior parietal electrode show significant effects of distance starting at 140 ms post-stimulus. (c) Mean amplitudes during the P2p time window (210–250 ms) for all four distances. The P2p amplitude increased with increasing distance.