Object affordance influences instruction span

J.K. Apel, A. Cangelosi, R. Ellis, J. Goslin, M.H. Fischer

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    Abstract

    We measured memory span for assembly instructions involving objects with handles oriented to the left or right side. Right-handed participants remembered more instructions when objects' handles were spatially congruent with the hand used in forthcoming assembly actions. No such affordance-based memory benefit was found for left-handed participants. These results are discussed in terms of motor simulation as an embodied rehearsal mechanism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalExperimental Brain Research
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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