Mental representation in visual/haptic crossmodal memory: evidence from interference effects

Lacey, Simon and Campbell, Christine (2006) Mental representation in visual/haptic crossmodal memory: evidence from interference effects. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59 (2). pp. 361-376. ISSN 1747-0218

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Two experiments used visual-, verbal-, and haptic-interference tasks during encoding (Experiment 1) and retrieval (Experiment 2) to examine mental representation of familiar and unfamiliar objects in visual/haptic crossmodal memory. Three competing theories are discussed, which variously suggest that these representations are: (a) visual; (b) dual-code—visual for unfamiliar objects but visual and verbal for familiar objects; or (c) amodal. The results suggest that representations of unfamiliar objects are primarily visual but that crossmodal memory for familiar objects may rely on a network of different representations. The pattern of verbal-interference effects suggests that verbal strategies facilitate encoding of unfamiliar objects regardless of modality, but only haptic recognition regardless of familiarity. The results raise further research questions about all three theoretical approaches.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 152 Perception, movement, emotions & drives
School/Department: School of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2013 16:41
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2013 16:41


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