Psychological Research

, Volume 57, Issue 1, pp 47–53

Motor similarity in subject-performed tasks

  • Johannes Engelkamp
  • Hubert D. Zimmer
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00452995

Cite this article as:
Engelkamp, J. & Zimmer, H.D. Psychol. Res (1994) 57: 47. doi:10.1007/BF00452995


In two experiments, subjects learned action phrases in verbal and subject-performed tasks. They had to recognize these action phrases among foils that denoted either completely different actions, conceptually similar actions, or actions that were conceptually and motorically similar. It was found that recognition performance was impaired equally after both kinds of learning when conceptually similar distractors were used, but was impaired more after subject-performed-task learning when the distractors were both conceptually and motorically similar. The possible contribution of motor information in this interaction is discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johannes Engelkamp
    • 1
  • Hubert D. Zimmer
    • 1
  1. 1.FR PsychologieUniversität des SaarlandesSaarbrückenGermany

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