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. 22, No. 5, October

Action Video Games and Improved Attentional Control: Disentangling Selection- and Response-Based Processes
Published online: 14 March 2015# Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract Research has demonstrated that experience with action video games is associated with improvements in a host of cognitive tasks. Evidence from paradigms that assess aspects of attention...
A Rational Model of Function Learning
Received: 14 July 2014 / Revised: 17 January 2015 / Accepted: 26 January 2015 / Published online: 3 March 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract Theories of how people learn relationships between continuous variables have tended to focus on two...
At Will or Not at Will: Electrophysiological Correlates of Preparation for Voluntary and Instructed Task-Switching Paradigms
Published online: 19 December 2014# Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2014Abstract The present study investigated whether the advanced reconfiguration processes of the voluntary switching (VTS) paradigm were different from those of the instructed task switching...
Choking under Monitoring Pressure: Being Watched by the Experimenter Reduces Executive Attention
Published online: 12 February 2015# Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract Performing more poorly given one's skill level (Bchoking^) is likely in situations that offer an incentive if a certain outcome is achieved (outcome pressure) or when one is being...
Choose to Move: The Motivational Impact of Autonomy Support on Motor Learning
Published online: 3 March 2015# Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract Numerous studies in the motor learning domain have demonstrated learning advantages of self-controlled practice relative to yoked conditions. In separate lines of evidence in the...
Context-Dependent Similarity Effects in Letter Recognition
Published online: 9 April 2015© The Author(s) 2015. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.comAbstract In visual word recognition tasks, digit primes that are visually similar to letter string targets (e.g., 4/A, 8/B) are known to...
Detailed and Gist-Like Visual Memories Are Forgotten at Similar Rates over the Course of a Week
Published online: 27 January 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract A number of recent studies have highlighted the exceptional capacity and fidelity of visual long-term memory. For instance, Brady, Konkle, Alvarez, and Oliva (Proceedings of the...
Development of Inductive Generalization with Familiar Categories
Published online: 4 March 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract Inductive generalization is ubiquitous in human cognition. In the developmental literature, two different theoretical accounts of this important process have been proposed: a naïve...
Do Small Dual-Task Costs Reflect Ideomotor Compatibility or the Absence of Crosstalk?
Published online: 10 March 2015# Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract Dual-task costs can be greatly reduced or even eliminated when both tasks use highly-compatible S-R associations. According to Greenwald (Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human...
Effects of Word Length on Eye Movement Control: The Evidence from Arabic
Published online: 18 February 2015# Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract The finding that word length plays a fundamental role in determining where and for how long readers fixate within a line of text has been central to the development of sophisticated...
Erratum To: Grammatical Constraints on Phonological Encoding in Speech Production
Jordana R. Heller 1 & Matthew Goldrick 1Published online: 20 August 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Erratum to: Psychon Bull Rev (2014) 21:1576-1582 DOI 10.3758/s13423-014-0616-3In a previous article (Heller & Goldrick, 2014), we reported...
Erratum To: The Reliability of Retro-Cues Determines the Fate of Noncued Visual Working Memory Representations
Eren Gunseli 1 & Dirk van Moorselaar 1 & Martijn Meeter 1 & Christian N. L. Olivers1Published online: 30 July 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Erratum to: Psychon Bull Rev DOI 10.3758/s13423-014-0796-xWe made two errors in the Introduction...
Faster Is Briefer: The Symbolic Meaning of Speed Influences Time Perception
Published online: 5 March 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract The present study investigates how the symbolic meaning of the stimuli presented for marking time intervals affects perceived duration. Participants were engaged in a time bisection...
Frequency Effects in Monolingual and Bilingual Natural Reading
Published online: 16 April 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract This paper presents the first systematic examination of the monolingual and bilingual frequency effect (FE) during natural reading. We analyzed single fixation durations on content...
Grouping by Similarity Is Mediated by Feature Selection: Evidence from the Failure of Cue Combination
Published online: 5 February 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract As one of the most classic gestalt phenomena, grouping is often considered to occur preattentively. Therefore, it seems natural to expect conflicting grouping cues to combine preattentively...
In-Group Modulation of Perceptual Matching
Published online: 13 January 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract We report a novel effect of in-group bias on a task requiring simple perceptual matching of stimuli. Football fans were instructed to associate the badges of their favorite football...
Interactions between Distal Speech Rate, Linguistic Knowledge, and Speech Environment
Published online: 21 March 2015# Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract During lexical access, listeners use both signal-based and knowledge-based cues, and information from the linguistic context can affect the perception of acoustic speech information....
It Is the Flash Which Appears, the Movement Will Follow: Investigating the Relation between Spatial Attention and Obstacle Avoidance
Published online: 16 May 2015© The Author(s) 2015. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.comAbstract Obstacles are represented in the attentional landscape. However, it is currently unclear what the exclusive contribution of attention...
Learning, Plasticity, and Atypical Generalization in Children with Autism
Published online: 6 January 2015# Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2014Abstract Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show accelerated learning in some tasks, degraded learning in others, and distinct deficits when generalizing to novel situations....
Lexical Stress Assignment as a Problem of Probabilistic Inference
Published online: 31 January 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract A new conceptualization of the process of stress assignment, couched in the principles of (Bayesian) probabilistic inference, is introduced in this paper. According to this approach,...
Now You Bayes, Now You Don't: Effects of Set-Problem and Frequency-Format Mental Representations on Statistical Reasoning
Published online: 25 February 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract People appear to be Bayesian when statistical information is presented in terms of natural frequencies and non-Bayesian when presented in terms of single-event probabilities,...
Perceptual and Behavioral Adjustments after Action Inhibition
Published online: 13 December 2014© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2014Abstract Inhibiting a motor action typically prompts a more cautious action mode, leaning toward accuracy rather than speed. In the present study, we explored whether action inhibition...
Piecewise Power Laws in Individual Learning Curves
Published online: 25 February 2015# The Author(s) 2015. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.comAbstract The notion that human learning follows a smooth power law (PL) of diminishing gains is well-established in psychology. This...
Recall Dynamics Reveal the Retrieval of Emotional Context
Published online: 21 January 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract Memory is often better for emotional rather than neutral stimuli. The benefit for emotional items could be the result of an associative mechanism whereby items are associated to...
Selective Interference of Grasp and Space Representations with Number Magnitude and Serial Order Processing
Published online: 13 December 2014© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2014Abstract It has been proposed that the metrics of space, time and other magnitudes relevant for action are coupled through a generalized magnitude system that also contribute to number...
Social Comparison Modulates Reward-Driven Attentional Capture
Published online: 25 February 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract It is well established that attention can be captured by task irrelevant and non-salient objects associated with value through reward learning. However, it is unknown whether...
Testing a Model of Componential Processing of Multi-Symbol Numbers-Evidence from Measurement Units
Published online: 5 February 2015# Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract Research on numerical cognition has addressed the processing of nonsymbolic quantities and symbolic digits extensively. However, magnitude processing of measurement units is still...
The Reliability of Retro-Cues Determines the Fate of Noncued Visual Working Memory Representations
Published online: 7 January 2015# Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2014Abstract Retrospectively cueing an item retained in visual working memory during maintenance is known to improve its retention. However, studies have provided conflicting results regarding...
The Role of Depth of Encoding in Attentional Capture
Published online: 18 February 2015# The Author(s) 2015. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.comAbstract The aim of the current study was to examine whether depth of encoding influences attentional capture by recently attended objects....
Transposed-Letter Priming Effects in Reading Aloud Words and Nonwords
Published online: 10 February 2015# Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract A masked nonword prime generated by transposing adjacent inner letters in a word (e.g., jugde) facilitates the recognition of the target word (JUDGE) more than a prime in which...
Using Electrophysiology to Demonstrate That Cueing Affects Long-Term Memory Storage over the Short Term
Published online: 21 January 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract As researchers who study working memory, we often assume that participants keep a representation of an object in working memory when we present a cue that indicates that the object...
Variability and Stability in the McGurk Effect: Contributions of Participants, Stimuli, Time, and Response Type
Published online: 24 March 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract In the McGurk effect, pairing incongruent auditory and visual syllables produces a percept different from the component syllables. Although it is a popular assay of audiovisual...
Visual Control of Action Directed toward Two-Dimensional Objects Relies on Holistic Processing of Object Shape
Published online: 10 February 2015© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 2015Abstract Visual perception relies on holistic processing of object shape. In contrast to perception, previous studies demonstrated that vision-for-action operates in a fundamentally different...
When the Going Gets Tough the Beautiful Get Going: Aesthetic Appeal Facilitates Task Performance
Published online: 17 January 2015© The Author(s) 2014. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.comAbstract The current studies examined the effect of aesthetic appeal on performance. According to one hypothesis, appeal would lead to...
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