Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics

, Volume 80, Issue 6, pp 1599–1608 | Cite as

Action influences unconscious visual processing

  • Jihyun Suh
  • Richard A. Abrams


It has long been known that action is tightly linked to visual perception. In support of this connection, recent studies have shown that making a simple action towards a visual object can bias subsequent visual processing of features of the acted-on object. The present study examined whether conscious awareness of the acted-on object is necessary to yield this action effect. In two experiments, we found that making an action towards an invisible object resulted in greater priming in a subsequent visual search task. This shows that conscious awareness is not necessary to obtain the action-induced visual bias. More importantly, the result implies that action might amplify the sensory signal from the subliminally presented object, which is presumed to occur during early visual processing.


Perception and Action Visual perception Visual awareness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychological and Brain SciencesWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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