BAD-GOOD CONSTRAINTS ON A POLARITY CORRESPONDENCE ACCOUNT FOR THE SNARC EFFECT

  • Craig Leth-Steensen
  • Richie Citta
  • William M. Petrusic

Abstract

Thirty-eight participants judged whether single digit stimuli were odd or even using either left and right manual key-press responses or vocal voice-key responses. Half of the participants used “Left†and “Right†as vocal responses, whereas the other half responded using the words “Bad†and “Goodâ€. SNARC-like effects were found in the results for the “Left-Right†vocal response group but not for the “Bad-Good†vocal response group. That is, for the former group, smaller magnitude digits were responded to faster with the response “Left†and larger digits with the response “Rightâ€. For the latter group, no consistent association between smaller-larger digit magnitudes and “Bad-Good†vocal responses was present. As will be discussed, such findings do not seem to be very supportive of a polarity correspondence view of the SNARC effect.

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