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A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis of Spatial Interference From Linguistic Cues: Beyond Petrova et al. (2018)

Estes, Z. ORCID: 0000-0003-4350-3524 and Barsalou, L. W. (2018). A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis of Spatial Interference From Linguistic Cues: Beyond Petrova et al. (2018). Psychological Science, 29(9), pp. 1558-1564. doi: 10.1177/0956797618794131

Abstract

Words with spatial associations (e.g., “bird”) can hinder identification of an unrelated visual stimulus at the implied location (i.e., at the top of a display). This spatial interference effect has been demonstrated many times by several independent research groups (e.g., Estes, Verges, & Barsalou, 2008), and it fits within the theoretical framework of grounded cognition. Petrova et al. (in-press) reported a series of experiments that varied in similarity to Estes et al. (2008), successfully replicating the spatial interference effect only once, and concluding that the effect is unreliable. Here we report a comprehensive meta-analysis of 37 tests of the spatial interference effect. We show that the effect is moderately large and highly reliable among studies that evoke semantic processing of the linguistic cues and that assess interference at suitably short delays. In conclusion, the spatial interference effect occurs reliably with semantic processing, and varies systematically with temporal and linguistic constraints.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Estes, Z. and Barsalou, L. W. (2018). A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis of Spatial Interference From Linguistic Cues: Beyond Petrova et al. (2018). Psychological Science, 29(9), pp. 1558-1564. Copyright © 2018. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797618794131 Reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses.
Publisher Keywords: Grounded cognition; linguistic orienting; meta-analysis; moderator analysis; orthographic depth; spatial congruence
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Business School > Management
Date available in CRO: 03 Aug 2021 09:39
Date deposited: 3 August 2021
Date of acceptance: 13 July 2018
Date of first online publication: 18 August 2018
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/26539
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