Action goals influence action-specific perception

R. Canal Bruland, J. van der Kamp

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    We examined the processes that mediate the emergence of action-specific influences on perception that have recently been reported for baseball batting and golf putting (Witt, Linkenauger, Bakdash, & Proffitt, 2008; Witt & Proffitt, 2005). To this end, we used a Schokokusswurfmaschine: Children threw a ball at a target, which, if hit successfully, launched a ball that the children then had to catch. In two experiments, children performed either a throwing-and-catching task or a throwing-only task, in which no ball was launched. After each task, the size of the target or of the ball was estimated. Results indicate that action-specific influences on perceived size occur for objects that are related to the end goal of the action, but not for objects that are related to intermediate action goals. These results suggest that action-specific influences on perception are contingent upon the primary action goals to be achieved. © 2009 The Psychonomic Society, Inc.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1100-1105
    JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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