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Putting actions in context: visual action adaptation aftereffects are modulated by social contexts

  • The social context in which an action is embedded provides important information for the interpretation of an action. Is this social context integrated during the visual recognition of an action? We used a behavioural visual adaptation paradigm to address this question and measured participants’ perceptual bias of a test action after they were adapted to one of two adaptors (adaptation after-effect). The action adaptation after effect was measured for the same set of adaptors in two different social contexts. Our results indicate that the size of the adaptation effect varied with social context (social context modulation) although the physical appearance of the adaptors remained unchanged. Three additional experiments provided evidence that the observed social context modulation of the adaptation effect are owed to the adaptation of visual action recognition processes. We found that adaptation is critical for the social context modulation (experiment 2). Moreover, the effect is not mediated by emotional content of the action alone (experiment 3) and visual information about the action seems to be critical for the emergence of action adaptation effects (experiment 4). Taken together these results suggest that processes underlying visual action recognition are sensitive to the social context of an action.

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Author of HS ReutlingenCurio, Cristóbal
URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:rt2-opus4-9956
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0086502
eISSN:1932-6203
Erschienen in:Plos one
Publisher:Plos
Place of publication:Lawrence, Kanada
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of Publication:2014
Volume:9
Issue:1
Page Number:10
First Page:1
Last Page:10
DDC classes:150 Psychologie
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Creative Commons - Namensnennung