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ERIC Number: EJ837486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 92
ISSN: ISSN-0096-3445
A Common-Coding Account of the Bidirectional Evaluation-Behavior Link
Eder, Andreas B.; Klauer, Karl Christoph
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, v138 n2 p218-235 May 2009
Three experiments tested the influence of approach- and avoidance-related lever movements on the perception of masked affectively positive and negative stimuli. A motivational account of the bidirectional evaluation-behavior link predicted an enhanced detection of response-compatible stimuli, whereas a common-coding model predicted a reduced evaluative sensitivity toward such stimuli due to feature binding conflicts. The results consistently supported the common-coding explanation. In Experiment 1, detection (d') of positive and negative stimuli was selectively impaired by the generation of congruent approach- and avoidance-related lever movements, respectively. This effect, referred to as action-valence blindness, was replicated in Experiment 2 and shown to depend on the evaluative meaning of the generated movement rather than on the movement per se. Experiment 3 revealed that action-valence blindness depends on a temporal overlap between movement generation and stimulus evaluation. A common-coding link between evaluation and motor behavior is discussed. (Contains 6 figures and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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