The influence of location, ownership, and the presence of a coactor on the processing of objects.

McPhee, Anna Michelle, Constable, Merryn, Saccone, Elizabeth J. and Welsh, Timothy N. (2021) The influence of location, ownership, and the presence of a coactor on the processing of objects. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 75 (4). pp. 362-373. ISSN 1196-1961

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Humans operate in complex environments where social interactions require individuals to constantly attend to people and objects around them. Despite the complexity of these interactions from a visuomotor perspective, humans can engage and thrive in social settings. The purpose of the current study was to examine the simultaneous influence of multiple social cues (i.e., ownership and the presence of a coactor) on the processing of objects. Participants performed an object-based compatibility task in the presence and absence of a coacting confederate. Participants indicated whether pictures of mugs (that were either self-owned or unowned) were upright or inverted. The pictures appeared at one of 2 locations (a near or far location relative to the participant) on a computer screen laid flat on (parallel to) the tabletop. When present, the coactor stood on the opposite side of the screen/table. Analysis of response times (RTs) indicated that the processing of objects was influenced by the object’s ownership status, the presence of the coactor, and where the object was located on the screen. Specifically, RTs for pictures of self-owned mugs were shorter than unowned mugs, but only when the pictures were located at the near location. Further, the presence of a confederate resulted in shorter RTs for pictures located at the near but not the far location. These findings suggest that when objects were placed at the far location, the additional social cues of ownership and social context did not influence visuomotor processing of the objects.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This research was supported by a Discovery Grant RGPIN-2015-06428 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The data and materials for the experiment reported here are available upon request. The experiment was not preregistered.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ownership, Peri-Personal Space, Action Space, Social Cognition, Visuomotor System
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2021 09:17
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2022 13:47

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