Perceptual processing affects conceptual processing

van Dantzig, S., Pecher, D., Zeelenberg, R. and Barsalou, L. W. (2008) Perceptual processing affects conceptual processing. Cognitive Science: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 32(3), pp. 579-590. (doi: 10.1080/03640210802035365) (PMID:21635347)

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According to the Perceptual Symbols Theory of cognition (Barsalou, 1999), modality-specific simulations underlie the representation of concepts. A strong prediction of this view is that perceptual processing affects conceptual processing. In this study, participants performed a perceptual detection task and a conceptual property-verification task in alternation. Responses on the property-verification task were slower for those trials that were preceded by a perceptual trial in a different modality than for those that were preceded by a perceptual trial in the same modality. This finding of a modality-switch effect across perceptual processing and conceptual processing supports the hypothesis that perceptual and conceptual representations are partially based on the same systems.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barsalou, Professor Lawrence
Authors: van Dantzig, S., Pecher, D., Zeelenberg, R., and Barsalou, L. W.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Cognitive Science: A Multidisciplinary Journal
ISSN (Online):1551-6709

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