Attentional Factors in Conceptual Congruency
Article first published online: 21 MAR 2012
Copyright © 2012 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Volume 36, Issue 6, pages 1051–1077, August 2012
How to Cite
Santiago, J., Ouellet, M., Román, A. and Valenzuela, J. (2012), Attentional Factors in Conceptual Congruency. Cognitive Science, 36: 1051–1077. doi: 10.1111/j.1551-6709.2012.01240.x
- Issue published online: 27 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 21 MAR 2012
- Received 27 January 2011; received in revised form 28 August 2011; accepted 2 September 2011
- Symbol grounding;
- Mental metaphor;
- Common coding;
- Conceptual recycling;
- Coherent Working Models
Conceptual congruency effects are biases induced by an irrelevant conceptual dimension of a task (e.g., location in vertical space) on the processing of another, relevant dimension (e.g., judging words’ emotional evaluation). Such effects are a central empirical pillar for recent views about how the mind/brain represents concepts. In the present paper, we show how attentional cueing (both exogenous and endogenous) to each conceptual dimension succeeds in modifying both the manifestation and the symmetry of the effect. The theoretical implications of this finding are discussed.