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Priming of hand and foot response: is spatial attention to the body site enough?

Wiggett, A.J. and Tipper, S.P. (2015) Priming of hand and foot response: is spatial attention to the body site enough? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 12 (6). pp. 1678-1684. DOI: 10.3758/s13423-015-0823-6

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Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to test whether we see evidence for body compatibility effects when viewing both familiar and unusual body postures. Specifically, in a task where colour targets have to be discriminated, we tested whether spatial orienting to a body site is sufficient for effects of body compatibility to emerge when viewing a task-irrelevant body or whether effects are dependent on whether or not we are able to adopt the viewed body posture. The results suggest that spatial orienting to a body site is insufficient; rather we argue that it is only postures that are familiar and we are easily able to adopt that can be processed fluently and influence target discrimination. This points to a key contribution of motor representations to body compatibility effects.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Psychology
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2015 03:49
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2015 03:49
ISSN: 1069-9384
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/6038
Identification Number: DOI: 10.3758/s13423-015-0823-6
Publisher: Springer
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