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ERIC Number: EJ991049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
Do Endogenous and Exogenous Action Control Compete for Perception?
Pfister, Roland; Heinemann, Alexander; Kiesel, Andrea; Thomaschke, Roland; Janczyk, Markus
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v38 n2 p279-284 Apr 2012
Human actions are guided either by endogenous action plans or by external stimuli in the environment. These two types of action control seem to be mediated by neurophysiologically and functionally distinct systems that interfere if an endogenously planned action suddenly has to be performed in response to an exogenous stimulus. In this case, the endogenous representation has to be deactivated first to give way to the exogenous system. Here we show that interference of endogenous and exogenous action control is not limited to motor-related aspects but also affects the perception of action-related stimuli. Participants associated two actions with contingent sensory effects in learning blocks. In subsequent test blocks, preparing one of these actions specifically impaired responding to the associated effect in an exogenous speeded detection task, yielding a blindness-like effect for arbitrary, learned action effects. In accordance with the theory of event coding, this finding suggests that action planning influences perception even in the absence of any physical similarities between action and to-be-perceived stimuli. (Contains 2 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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