Ways of Acting with an Object as Part of its Representation



Goal. A representation is a multisensory model of an object that may or may not be represented in direct perceptual experience. In this regard, the question arises about the possibility of including in the representation information about the way of action with an object (motor programs). The purpose of this work is to analyze the existing theoretical concepts and empirical studies of the thesis about the inclusion of motor knowledge in the representation of an object and the influence of this knowledge on other cognitive processes. Methods. The work examines such theoretical approaches as the theory of the dual visual system, the model of embedded representation, as well as approaches based on manipulation and intention. In particular, the effect of compatibility is analyzed, which consists in reaction time reduction in the case of a congruence of the executed motor program and the perceived object. Results. The compatibility effect can be found in naming, categorization, and visual search tasks. The conditions for the occurrence of the compatibility effect in visual search are considered. Conclusions. It is assumed that there are two alternative explanations for the compatibility effect in the visual search — the conflict resolution in working memory or the inhibition of affordances hypothesis.

General Information

Keywords: affordance, functional knowledge, manipulation knowledge, representation, categorization, compatibility effect, visual search

Journal rubric: General Psychology

Article type: review article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/jmfp.2024130111

Funding. The study was supported by the RSF grant № 20-78-10055-P

Received: 20.10.2023


For citation: Anufrieva A.A., Gorbunova E.S. Ways of Acting with an Object as Part of its Representation [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2024. Vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 118–127. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2024130111. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Anastasia A. Anufrieva, Junior Researcher, Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology of User of Digital Interfaces, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8541-0815, e-mail: aanufrieva@hse.ru

Elena S. Gorbunova, PhD in Psychology, LAssociate Professor, Head of Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology of Digital Interfaces User, School of Psychology, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3646-2605, e-mail: gorbunovaes@gmail.com



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