Action information from classification learning

Brian H. Ross, Ranxiao Frances Wang, Arthur F. Kramer, Daniel J. Simons, James A. Crowell

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Much of our learning comes from interacting with objects. Two experiments investigated whether or not arbitrary actions used during category learning with objects might be incorporated into object representations and influence later recognition judgments. In a virtual-reality chamber, participants used distinct arm movements to make different classification responses. During a recognition test phase, these same objects required arm movements that were consistent or inconsistent with the classification movement. In both experiments, consistent movements were facilitated relative to inconsistent movements, suggesting that arbitrary action information is incorporated into the representations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)500-504
Number of pages5
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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