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Culture-specific familiarity equally mediates action representations across cultures

Umla-Runge, Katja, Fu, Xiaolan, Wang, Lamei and Zimmer, Hubert D. 2014. Culture-specific familiarity equally mediates action representations across cultures. Cognitive Neuroscience 5 (1) , pp. 26-35. 10.1080/17588928.2013.834318

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Previous studies have shown that we need to distinguish between means and end information about actions. It is unclear how these two subtypes of action information relate to each other with theoretical accounts postulating the superiority of end over means information and others linking separate means and end routes of processing to actions of differential meaningfulness. Action meaningfulness or familiarity differs between cultures. In a cross-cultural setting, we investigated how action familiarity influences recognition memory for means and end information. Object directed actions of differential familiarity were presented to Chinese and German participants. Action familiarity modulated the representation of means and end information in both cultures in the same way, although the effects were based on different stimulus sets. Our results suggest that, in the representation of actions in memory, end information is superordinate to means information. This effect is independent of culture whereas action familiarity is not.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Additional Information: Published in a special issue: Culture and Cognition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1758-8928
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:19

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