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Sensorimotor simulations underlie conceptual representations: modality-specific effects of prior activation.
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PMID:  15117003     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
According to the perceptual symbols theory (Barsalou, 1999), sensorimotor simulations underlie the representation of concepts. Simulations are componential in the sense that they vary with the context in which the concept is presented. In the present study, we investigated whether representations are affected by recent experiences with a concept. Concept names (e.g., APPLE) were presented twice in a property verification task with a different property on each occasion. The two properties were either from the same perceptual modality (e.g., green, shiny) or from different modalities (e.g., tart, shiny). All stimuli were words. There was a lag of several intervening trials between the first and second presentation. Verification times and error rates for the second presentation of the concept were higher if the properties were from different modalities than if they were from the same modality.
Diane Pecher; René Zeelenberg; Lawrence W Barsalou
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychonomic bulletin & review     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1069-9384     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychon Bull Rev     Publication Date:  2004 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-30     Completed Date:  2004-07-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9502924     Medline TA:  Psychon Bull Rev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  164-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Concept Formation*
Random Allocation
Reaction Time
Recognition (Psychology)

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