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It is suggested that seen objects potentiate a range of actions associated with them, irrespective of the intentions of the viewer. Evidence for this possibility is provided by the data from two experiments, both of which required a participant to make a binary motor response to an auditory stimulus. In the first experiment the response was a power or precision grip, which was performed whilst simultaneously viewing a real object which would normally be grasped using either a power or precision grip. A significant interaction of response and grip compatibility of the object was observed. Similar results were obtained in the second experiment when a wrist rotation of a given direction was used as a response, whilst viewing objects which would require wrist rotations if they were to be grasped. The effects of the seen objects on components of action are described as microaffordances which are said to be dispositonal states of the viewer's nervous system.