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ERIC Number: EJ834961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
A Kinematic Approach to the Conceptual Representations of "This" and "that"
Bonfiglioli, Claudia; Finocchiaro, Chiara; Gesierich, Benno; Rositani, Francesco; Vescovi, Massimo
Cognition, v111 n2 p270-274 May 2009
The Italian demonstrative pronouns "questo/a" ("this[subscript [mas/fem]]") and "quello/a" ("that[subscript [mas/fem]]") implicitly convey information about objects' distance with respect to the speaker. Our study investigated the referents of "questo/a" ("this[subscript [mas/fem]]") and "quello/a" ("that[subscript [mas/fem]]") by analysing their influence on reach-to-grasp actions towards objects located "near" to (12 cm) or "far" from (30 cm) the participant. Upon acoustic instruction containing one or the other pronoun, participants had to reach for and grasp a target object. Results showed an effect of pronoun on movement planning. When the object was in the far position, reaction times were faster for the congruent pronoun "quello/a," whereas when it was in the near position they were faster for the congruent pronoun "questo/a". Interactions between implied and real target distance suggest that the conceptual spaces of "questo/a" and "quello/a" do not map onto a strict distinction between peripersonal and extrapersonal space. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Language: English
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