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  • A growing literature has suggested that processing of visual information presented near the hands is facilitated. In this study, we investigated whether the near-hands superiority effect also occurs with the hands moving. In two experiments, participants performed a cyclical bimanual movement task requiring concurrent visual identification of briefly presented letters. For both the static and dynamic hand conditions, the results showed improved letter recognition performance with the hands closer to the stimuli. The finding that the encoding advantage for near-hand stimuli also occurred with the hands moving suggests that the effect is regulated in real time, in accordance with the concept of a bimodal neural system that dynamically updates hand position in external space.

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Author:Jos J. Adam, Thamar J. H. Bovend’Eerdt, Fleur E. P. van Dooren, Martin H. FischerORCiDGND, Jay PrattORCiD
Parent Title (German):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe
Subtitle (English):hand proximity dynamically affects letter recognition accuracy
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe (607)
Document Type:Postprint
Date of first Publication:2020/03/23
Year of Completion:2012
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2020/03/23
Tag:perception and action
First Page:1533
Last Page:1538
Source:Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 74 (2012) 1533–1538 DOI: 10.3758/s13414-012-0339-3
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung, 2.0 Generic
Notes extern:Bibliographieeintrag der Originalveröffentlichung/Quelle