An Electrophysiological Study of the Object-Based Correspondence Effect: Is the Effect Triggered by an Intended Grasping Action? Public Deposited

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  • We examined Goslin et al.’s (2012) claim that the object based-correspondence effect (faster keypress responses when the orientation of an object’s graspable part corresponds with the response location than when it does not) is the result of object-based attention (visual-action binding). In Experiment 1, participants determined the category of a centrally located object (kitchen utensil vs. tool), as in Goslin et al. The handle orientation (left vs. right) corresponded or not with the response location (left vs. right). We found no correspondence effect on response time (RT) for either category. The effect was also not evident in the P1 and N1 components of the event-related potentials, thought to reflect the allocation of early visual attention. This finding was replicated in Experiment 2 for centrally located objects, even when the object was presented 45 times (3 times more often than in Experiment 1). Critically, the correspondence effect on RT, P1, and N1 emerged only when the object was presented peripherally, where the object handle was clearly located to the left or right of fixation. Experiment 3 provided further evidence that the effect was observed only for the base-centered objects, where the handle was clearly positioned to the left or right of center. These findings contradict Goslin et al. and provide no evidence that an intended grasping action modulates visual attention. Instead, the findings support the spatial coding account of the object-based correspondence effect.
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  • Lien, M. C., Jardin, E., & Proctor, R. W. (2013). An electrophysiological study of the object-based correspondence effect: Is the effect triggered by an intended grasping action?. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75(8), 1862-1882. doi:10.3758/s13414-013-0523-0
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