Psychological Research

, Volume 77, Issue 1, pp 31–39 | Cite as

Bodies and other visual objects: the dialectics of reaching toward objects

  • Rob EllisEmail author
  • Dan Swabey
  • John Bridgeman
  • Benjamin May
  • Mike Tucker
  • Amanda Hyne
Original Article


Participants viewed video clips of a left or right-handed reach toward an object that was orientated with a handle to the left or right. They were required to classify the object by making a left or right-handed key-press and ignore the reach. These responses were, never-the-less, affected by the observed reach in ways which largely reflected the opportunities for complementary actions in the viewed scenes, given the simultaneous constraints of the object orientation combined with the direction and hand of reach. These influences are claimed to reflect the interdependency of the action possibilities that arise from a set of objects and agents in three-dimensional space that together determine behaviour.


Compatibility Effect Reaction Time Data Mirror Neurone System Object Orientation Power Grip 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rob Ellis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dan Swabey
    • 1
  • John Bridgeman
    • 1
  • Benjamin May
    • 1
  • Mike Tucker
    • 1
  • Amanda Hyne
    • 1
  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

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