Psychological Research

, Volume 67, Issue 3, pp 153–159 | Cite as

Temporal response-effect compatibility

Original Article


This study investigated the impact of duration-varying response effects on the generation and execution of duration-varying responses. Participants performed short or long keypresses which produced auditory effects of corresponding duration (short response ->short tone, long response ->long tone) or of noncorresponding duration (short response ->long tone, long response ->short tone). Experiment 1 revealed faster responding with a corresponding than with a noncorresponding Response-Effect (R-E) mapping; that is, a temporal R-E compatibility effect. Additionally, increasing effect duration increased response latencies, whereas it decreased keypress duration. Experiment 2 showed that the influence of temporal R-E compatibility persists even when responses are cued in advance, suggesting that at least part of it originates from response generation processes occurring later than a traditional response selection stage. These findings corroborate and complement effect-based theories of action control which assume that the selection, initiation, and execution of movements is mediated by anticipation of their sensory effects.



I thank Peter Frensch, Michael Zießler, and an anonymous reviewer for their valuable comments on an earlier version of the paper. Funding for this research was provided by a grant of the German Research Foundation to Joachim Hoffmann at the University of Würzburg (Grant HO 1301/6–1).


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  1. 1.Institut für Psychologie, Universität Halle-Wittenberg, 06099 Halle (Saale), Germany

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