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Modality-switching in the Simon task: The clash of reference frames

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dc.contributor.author Ruzzoli, Manuela
dc.contributor.author Soto Faraco, Salvador
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-09T08:22:18Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-09T08:22:18Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Ruzzoli M, Soto-Faraco S. Modality-switching in the Simon task: The clash of reference frames. J Exp Psychol Gen. 2017;146(10):1478-97. DOI: 10.1037/xge0000342
dc.identifier.issn 0022-1015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/34590
dc.description.abstract The representation of spatial information related to an event can influence behavior even when location is task-irrelevant, as in the case of Stimulus–Response (S-R) compatibility effects on the Simon task. However, unlike single-modality situations, which are often used to study the Simon effect, in real-life scenarios various sensory modalities provide spatial information coded in different coordinate systems. Here, we address the expression of S-R compatibility effects in mixed-modality contexts, where events can occur in 1 of various sensory modalities (i.e., vision, touch or audition). The results confirm that, in single-modality cases, Simon effects in vision are expressed in an external spatial frame of reference, while touch information is coded anatomically. Remarkably, when mixing visual and tactile trials in an unpredictable way, the Simon effect disappeared in vision whereas tactile Simon effects remained expressed in their own (anatomical) frame of reference. Mixing visual and auditory stimuli did not obliterate the visual Simon effect and S-R compatibility effects in an external reference frame were evident for both modalities. The extinction of visual Simon effects as a result of mixing visual and tactile modalities can be interpreted as a consequence of the dynamic reorganization of the weights associated to the different sources of spatial information at play.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported by the Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (PSI2016-75558-P), the AGAUR Generalitat de Catalunya (2014SGR856) and the European Research Council (StG-2010 263145) to SSF. M.R. was supported by the Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral fellowship (JCI-2012-12335) from the Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher American Psychological Association (APA)
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 2017;146(10):1478-97.
dc.rights © American Psychological Association (APA) http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xge0000342 This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
dc.title Modality-switching in the Simon task: The clash of reference frames
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xge0000342
dc.subject.keyword Touch
dc.subject.keyword Vision
dc.subject.keyword Audition
dc.subject.keyword Simon effect
dc.subject.keyword S-R compatibility
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/263145
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/PSI2016-75558-P
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
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