Mountain high, valley low: Direction-specific effects of articulation on reaching

Kritikos, Ada, Dozo, Nerisa, Painter, David and Bayliss, Andrew P. (2012) Mountain high, valley low: Direction-specific effects of articulation on reaching. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65 1: 39-54. doi:10.1080/17470218.2011.592951

Author Kritikos, Ada
Dozo, Nerisa
Painter, David
Bayliss, Andrew P.
Title Mountain high, valley low: Direction-specific effects of articulation on reaching
Journal name Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1747-0218
Publication date 2012
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17470218.2011.592951
Volume 65
Issue 1
Start page 39
End page 54
Total pages 16
Place of publication Hove, E. Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Psychology Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Representations underpinning action and language overlap and interact very closely. There are bidirectional interactions between word and action comprehension, semantic processing of language, and response selection. This study extends our understanding of the influence of speech on concurrent motor execution. Participants reached-to-grasp the top or bottom of a vertically oriented bar in response to the location of a word on a computer screen (top/bottom). Words were synonyms for “up” or “down”, and participants were required to articulate the word during movement. We were particularly interested in the influence of articulated word semantics on the transport component of the reach. Using motion capture to analyse action kinematics, we show that irrespective of reach direction, saying “up” synonyms led to greater height of the hand, while saying “down” synonyms was associated with reduced height. This direction-specific influence of articulation on the spatial parameters of the hand supports the idea that linguistic systems are tightly integrated and influence each other.
Keyword Semantics
Embodied cognition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 16 Dec 2011

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