The joint Simon effect: a review and theoretical integration

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  • Thomas Dolk
  • Bernhard Hommel
  • Lorenza S Colzato
  • Simone Schütz-Bosbach
  • Wolfgang Prinz
  • Roman Liepelt

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The social or joint Simon effect has been developed to investigate how and to what extent people mentally represent their own and other persons' action/task and how these cognitive representations influence an individual's own behavior when interacting with another person. Here, we provide a review of the available evidence and theoretical frameworks. Based on this review, we suggest a comprehensive theory that integrates aspects of earlier approaches-the Referential Coding Account. This account provides an alternative to the social interpretation of the (joint) go-nogo Simon effect (aka the social Simon effect) and is able to integrate seemingly opposite findings on joint action.

Original languageGerman
JournalFrontiers in psychology
Pages (from-to)974
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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