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Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

, Volume 21, Issue 5, pp 1224–1230 | Cite as

The joint flanker effect: Less social than previously thought

  • Thomas DolkEmail author
  • Bernhard Hommel
  • Wolfgang Prinz
  • Roman Liepelt
Article

Abstract

Research on joint action has been taken to suggest that actors automatically co-represent the tasks and/or actions of co-actors. However, recent findings on the joint Simon effect have provided evidence for a nonsocial account, which renders automatic co-representation unlikely. In the present study, we aimed to test whether a nonsocial account is also feasible for the joint version of the flanker task. In particular, we manipulated the social nature of the “co-actor” who could be another human or a Japanese waving cat. Contrary to the social interpretation of the joint flanker effect, the results demonstrated a “joint” flanker effect, irrespective of whether participants shared the task with another person or with the Japanese waving cat.

Keywords

Flanker effect Stimulus–response compatibility Stimulus–response rules Joint action Event representations 

Notes

Author Note

We thank Veronika Hartl for help with the data acquisition.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Dolk
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  • Bernhard Hommel
    • 2
  • Wolfgang Prinz
    • 1
  • Roman Liepelt
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMax-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain SciencesLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Psychological Research & Leiden Institute for Brain and CognitionLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Institute for PsychologyUniversity of MuensterMuensterGermany
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyMax Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain SciencesLeipzigGermany

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