ERIC Number: EJ921392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
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Processing Time Shifts Affects the Execution of Motor Responses
Sell, Andrea J.; Kaschak, Michael P.
Brain and Language, v117 n1 p39-44 Apr 2011
We explore whether time shifts in text comprehension are represented spatially. Participants read sentences involving past or future events and made sensibility judgment responses in one of two ways: (1) moving toward or away from their body and (2) pressing the toward or away buttons without moving. Previous work suggests that spatial compatibility effects should be observed, where the future is mapped onto responses away from the body, and the past is mapped onto responses toward the body. These effects were observed, but only when participants were moving to make their responses, and only for larger time shifts (e.g., a month).
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Sentences, Cognitive Processes, Motor Reactions, Spatial Ability, Responses, Cognitive Mapping
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