Crossmodal modulation of spatial localization by mimetic words

Akihiko Gobara, Yuki Yamada, Kayo Miura

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The present study investigated whether aurally presented mimetic words affect the judgment of the final position of a moving object. In Experiment 1, horizontal apparent motion of a visual target was presented, and an auditory mimetic word of "byun" (representing rapid forward motion), "pitari" (representing stop of motion), or "nisahi" (nonsense syllable) was presented via headphones. Observers were asked to judge which of two test stimuli was horizontally aligned with the target. The results showed that forward displacement in the "pitari" condition was significantly smaller than in the "byun" and "nisahi" conditions. However, when non-mimetic but meaningful words were presented (Experiment 2), this effect did not occur. Our findings suggest that the mimetic words, especially that meaning stop of motion, affect spatial localization by means of mental imagery regarding "stop" established by the phonological information of the word.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2041669516684244
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence


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