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Dissertation
Do Cognitive Resources Play a Role in Object Functionality and Affordance Effects when Computing Spatial Relations?
Psychology Ph.D. Dissertations
  • Brandi Klein, Bowling Green State University
Date of Award
1-1-2012
Document Type
Dissertation
Degree Name
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department
Psychology/Experimental
First Advisor
Dale Klopfer, PhD (Committee Chair)
Second Advisor
Mary Hare, PhD (Committee Member)
Third Advisor
Dara Musher-Eizenman, PhD (Committee Member)
Fourth Advisor
Jane Chang, PhD (Committee Member)
Abstract
Participants viewed an object with two functional sides (e.g., toothbrush: bristles interact with other objects such as toothpaste; handle allows for interaction between participant and object). The reference object (e.g., toothbrush) was presented with one located object (e.g., toothpaste) at six different locations, and participants completed a sentence-picture verification task (e.g., responding yes/no to “the toothpaste is above the toothbrush”). Previous research by Carlson et al. (2006), suggested facilitation for located objects on the side that allows for interaction between two objects, which they theorized was moderated by attention. Tucker and Ellis (1998), using a bimanual response, found facilitation for the handle side of the object. The current study used a vocal response, a bimanual response, and a spatial distractor task to determine the role of cognitive resources in these facilitation effects; however, little-to-no evidence of each facilitation effect was found.
Citation Information
Brandi Klein. "Do Cognitive Resources Play a Role in Object Functionality and Affordance Effects when Computing Spatial Relations?" (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/brandi-klein/1/