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Interplay Between the Object and Its Symbol: The Size-Congruency Effect
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2016 (English)In: Advances in Cognitive Psychology, ISSN 1895-1171, E-ISSN 1895-1171, Vol. 12, no 2, 115-129 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Grounded cognition suggests that conceptual processing shares cognitive resources with perceptual processing. Hence, conceptual processing should be affected by perceptual processing, and vice versa. The current study explored the relationship between conceptual and perceptual processing of size. Within a pair of words, we manipulated the font size of each word, which was either congruent or incongruent with the actual size of the referred object. In Experiment 1a, participants compared object sizes that were referred to by word pairs. Higher accuracy was observed in the congruent condition (e. g., word pairs referring to larger objects in larger font sizes) than in the incongruent condition. This is known as the size-congruency effect. In Experiments 1b and 2, participants compared the font sizes of these word pairs. The size-congruency effect was not observed. In Experiments 3a and 3b, participants compared object and font sizes of word pairs depending on a task cue. Results showed that perceptual processing affected conceptual processing, and vice versa. This suggested that the association between conceptual and perceptual processes may be bidirectional but further modulated by semantic processing. Specifically, conceptual processing might only affect perceptual processing when semantic information is activated. The current study suggests that some grounded phenomena may be modulated by semantic processes.

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2016. Vol. 12, no 2, 115-129 p.
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grounded cognition, perceptual symbol theory, conceptual processing, perceptual processing, size congruent effect
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-139337DOI: 10.5709/acp-0191-7ISI: 000390549300002PubMedID: 27512529OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-139337DiVA: diva2:1073345
Available from: 2017-02-10 Created: 2017-02-10 Last updated: 2017-02-10Bibliographically approved

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