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Brain Cogn. 2009 Aug;70(3):253-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2009.02.012. Epub 2009 Apr 10.

Moving hands, moving entities.

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Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Institute of Neuroscience, Lloyd Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.


In this study we investigated with a priming paradigm whether uni and bimanual actions presented as primes differently affected language processing. Animals' (self-moving entities) and plants' (not self-moving entities) names were used as targets. As prime we used grasping hands, presented both as static images and videos. The results showed an interference effect with unimanual action primes (both static and moving) with plants' names. No modulation of responses for animals' names was found. We argue that in the present task plants elicit information on unimanual grasping actions they support, while the lack of effect for animals could be due to them being better characterized as active agents.

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