Psychological Research

, Volume 81, Issue 2, pp 343–354 | Cite as

Keep it cool: temperature priming effect on cognitive control

  • Eliran HalaliEmail author
  • Nachshon Meiran
  • Idit ShalevEmail author
Original Article


The effect of physical temperature on cognition and behavior has been the focus of extensive research in recent years, demonstrating that embodied concepts are grounded in, and shaped by, sensorimotor physical experiences. Nevertheless, less is known about how experienced and perceived temperatures affect cognitive control, one of humans core executive functions. In the present work, we primed participants with cool versus warm temperature using a between participants manipulation of physical touch experience (Experiment 1), and a within participants manipulation of seeing landscape views associated with cool vs. warm temperatures (Experiment 2). In both experiments, cool compared to warm temperatures lead to improved performance on an anti-saccade task, an established cognitive control measure. Implications are discussed.


Stimulus Onset Asynchrony Cognitive Control Warm Temperature Stimulus Onset Asynchrony Condition Pleasant Stimulus 
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The authors thank Sharon Chavoinik, Goldi Feuerstein and Maya Poller for their assistance with data collection. Eliran Halali gratefully acknowledges support from the Fulbright program of the United States- Israel Educational foundation and the ISEF foundation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of BusinessStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  3. 3.Zlotowski Center of NeuroscienceBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  4. 4.Department of EducationBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  5. 5.Department of PsychologyBar-Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

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