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Cross-sensory correspondences and naïve conceptions of natural phenomena.

Walker, Peter (2012) Cross-sensory correspondences and naïve conceptions of natural phenomena. Perception, 41 (5). pp. 620-622. ISSN 0301-0066

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Abstract

Cross-sensory correspondences automatically intrude on performance in elaborate laboratory tasks (see Spence, 2011, for a review). Outside such tasks, might they be responsible for some popular misconceptions about natural phenomena? Four simple demonstrations reveal how the correspondences between surface lightness and weight, and between surface lightness and auditory pitch, generate misconceptions about the weight and movement of objects and the vocalisations of animals. Specifically, people expect darker objects to be heavier than lighter coloured objects, to free fall more quickly, to roll across a table more slowly, and to make lower-pitched vocalisations when they come to life.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Perception
Uncontrolled Keywords: correspondences ; cross-sensory ; conceptions of natural phenomena ; naive science ; object motion ; surface lightness ; pitch of vocalisation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 54133
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 15 May 2012 14:54
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2013 14:17
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54133

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