The joint flanker effect: less social than previously thought

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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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychonomic bulletin & review
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)1224-30
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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