Vision-for-Action: The effects of object property discrimination and action state on affordance compatibility effects

Centre for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Psychology, University of Wales, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2AS, Wales.
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (Impact Factor: 2.99). 07/2006; 13(3):493-8. DOI: 10.3758/BF03193875
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When a person views an object, the action the object evokes appears to be activated independently of the person's intention to act. We demonstrate two further properties of this vision-to-action process. First, it is not completely automatic, but is determined by the stimulus properties of the object that are attended. Thus, when a person discriminates the shape of an object, action affordance effects are observed; but when a person discriminates an object's color, no affordance effects are observed. The former, shape property is associated with action, such as how an object might be grasped; the latter, color property is irrelevant to action. Second, we also show that the action state of an object influences evoked action. Thus, active objects, with which current action is implied, produce larger affordance effects than passive objects, with which no action is implied. We suggest that the active object activates action simulation processes similar to those proposed in mirror systems.

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    • "Our results indicate that an environment with specific (action) associations is able to influence responsiveness to affordances. Although the identity of the presented objects was not relevant for task performance, we still observed effects related to responsiveness to affordances, suggesting that affordances are activated relatively automatic (but see,Tipper, Paul, & Hayes, 2006). On the other hand, our results demonstrate that there is also room for considerable adjustment of or flexibility in the activation of affordances: A stronger activation of the ''go stimulus " , when the stimulus matched the functionality of the Fig. 2.(a) We observed an interaction effect between place and object, indicating that responses differed depending on where what object was presented. "
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