Negative affordance effect: automatic response inhibition triggered by handle orientation of non-target object

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Habituated response tendency associated with affordance of an object is automatically inhibited if this affordance cue is extracted from a non-target object. This study presents two go/no-go experiments investigating whether this response control operates in response selection processes and whether it is linked to conflict-monitoring mechanisms. In the first experiment, the participants performed responses with one hand, and in the second experiment, with two hands. In addition, both experiments consisted of two blocks with varying frequency of go conditions (25%-go vs. 75%-go). The non-target-related response inhibition effect was only observed in Experiment 2 when the task required selecting between two hands. Additionally, the results did not reveal patterns typically related to conflict monitoring when go-frequency is manipulated and when a stimulus-response compatibility effect is examined relative to congruency condition of the previous trial. The study shows that the non-target-related response inhibition assists hand selection and is relatively resistant to conflict-monitoring processes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychological Research
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)1737-1750
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 6161 Phonetics
  • 515 Psychology

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