Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

Provides broad range of topics in all areas of experimental psychology. The journal publishes theory and review articles, reports on experimental work, and coverage of methods in all areas.

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 3, June

Affording Cooperation: Embodied Constraints, Dynamics, and Action-Scaled Invariance in Joint Lifting
Understanding the physical and interpersonal constraints that afford cooperation during real-world tasks requires consideration of the fit between the environment and task-relevant dimensions of coactors and the coactors' fit with each other. In the...
Continuous Dynamics of Color Categorization
In order to assess whether color categorization is sensitive to within-category differences in hue, we monitored mouse trajectories in a modified categorization task. Participants saw color swatches from a blue-green continuum and categorized them with...
Correlation versus Causation in Multisensory Perception
Events are often perceived in multiple modalities. The co-occurring proximal visual and auditory stimuli events are mostly also causally linked to the distal event, which makes it difficult to evaluate whether learned correlation or perceived causation...
Detecting Analogical Resemblance without Retrieving the Source Analogy
We examined whether people can detect analogical resemblance to an earlier experimental episode without being able to recall the experimental source of the analogical resemblance. We used four-word analogies (e.g., robin-nest/beaver-dam), in a variation...
Dynamics of Thematic Activation in Recognition Testing
Two experiments investigated the effects of spreading semantic activation during a recognition test. In Experiment 1, activation spreading during testing from words that were thematic associates of unstudied critical words yielded a linear increase in...
Ethnicity Effects in Relative Pitch
Absolute pitch (AP), the rare ability to identify a musical pitch, occurs at a higher rate among East Asian musicians. This has stimulated considerable research on the comparative contributions of genetic and environmental factors. Two studies examined...
Facial Expressions of Singers Influence Perceived Pitch Relations
In four experiments, we examined whether facial expressions used while singing carry musical information that can be "read" by viewers. In Experiment 1, participants saw silent video recordings of sung melodic intervals and judged the size of the interval...
From Recognition to Decisions: Extending and Testing Recognition-Based Models for Multialternative Inference
The recognition heuristic is a noncompensatory strategy for inferring which of two alternatives, one recognized and the other not, scores higher on a criterion. According to it, such inferences are based solely on recognition. We generalize this heuristic...
Judging Familiarity and Emotion from Very Brief Musical Excerpts
In the present study, the gating paradigm was used to measure how much perceptual information that was extracted from musical excerpts needs to be heard to provide judgments of familiarity and of emotionality. Nonmusicians heard segments of increasing...
Latent Mnemonic Strengths Are Latent: A Comment on Mickes, Wixted, and WAIS (2007)/Useful Scientific Theories Are Useful: A Reply to Rouder, Pratte, and Morey (2010)
Mickes, Wixted, and Wais (2007) proposed a simple test of latent strength variability in recognition memory. They asked participants to rate their confidence using either a 20-point or a 99-point strength scale and plotted distributions of the resulting...
Masked Nonword Repetition Effects in Yes/no and Go/no-Go Lexical Decision: A Test of the Evidence Accumulation and Deadline Accounts
The pattern of masked repetition priming effects for word and nonword targets differs across tasks: Masked-priming effects in lexical decision occur for positive responses (i.e., words), but not for negative responses (nonwords), whereas masked-priming...
Minimum Description Length Model Selection of Multinomial Processing Tree Models
Multinomial processing tree (MPT) modeling has been widely and successfully applied as a statistical methodology for measuring hypothesized latent cognitive processes in selected experimental paradigms. In this article, we address the problem of selecting...
Persisting Activation in Voluntary Task Switching: It All Depends on the Instructions
We tested the hypothesis that persisting activation from a previous task execution does not contribute to the switch cost in voluntary task switching. We reasoned that voluntary task switching requires the selection of random task sequences, which necessitates...
Rapid Learning of Rapid Temporal Contexts
In an information-rich visual world and with limited attentional resources, what visual cues allow humans to efficiently navigate their environment? One key environmental characteristic is that stimuli rarely appear in isolation and typically coincide...
Seeing a Singer Helps Comprehension of the Song's Lyrics
When listening to speech, we often benefit when also seeing the speaker's face. If this advantage is not domain specific for speech, the recognition of sung lyrics should also benefit from seeing the singer's face. By independently varying the sight...
Suboptimal Choice Behavior by Pigeons
Contrary to the law of effect and optimal foraging theory, pigeons show suboptimal choice behavior by choosing an alternative that provides 20% reinforcement over another that provides 50% reinforcement. They choose the 20% reinforcement alternative-in...
Target-Uncertainty Effects in Attentional Capture: Color-Singleton Set or Multiple Attentional Control Settings?
Previous spatial cuing studies have shown that the capture of spatial attention is contingent on top-down attentional control settings whose specificity varies as a function of the certainty of the defining features of the target. For example, when the...
The Persistence of Content-Specific Memory Operations: Priming Effects Following a 24-H Delay
The duration of long-term semantic priming is typically described in minutes. Woltz and Was (2007) found that priming effects following processing in working memory were relatively long-lasting, reporting there was no decrease in priming effects following...
The Role of Working Memory in the Metaphor Interference Effect
Participants took longer to judge that metaphors (e.g., an insult is a razor, memory is a warehouse) were literally false than to judge that scrambled sentences (e.g., an insult is a warehouse) were false. This result is the metaphor interference effect...
The Search for an Input-Coding Scheme: Transposed-Letter Priming in Arabic
Two key issues for models of visual word recognition are the specification of an input-coding scheme and whether these input-coding schemes vary across orthographies. Here, we report two masked-priming lexical decision experiments that examined whether...
Voluntary Task Switching under Load: Contribution of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Factors in Goal-Directed Behavior
The present study investigated the relative contribution of bottom-up and top-down control to task selection in the voluntary task-switching (VTS) procedure. In order to manipulate the efficiency of top-down control, a concurrent working memory load...
Warning: This Keyboard Will Deconstruct-The Role of the Keyboard in Skilled Typewriting
Skilled actions are commonly assumed to be controlled by precise internal schemas or cognitive maps. We challenge these ideas in the context of skilled typing, where prominent theories assume that typing is controlled by a well-learned cognitive map...