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A common scheme for cross-sensory correspondences across stimulus domains

Walker, Laura and Walker, Peter and Francis, Brian (2012) A common scheme for cross-sensory correspondences across stimulus domains. Perception, 41 (10). pp. 1186-1192. ISSN 0301-0066

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Abstract

Following Karwoski, Odbert, and Osgood (1942), it is proposed that cross-sensory correspondences can arise from extensive, bi-directional cross-activation between dimensions of connotative meaning. If this account is correct, the same set of cross-sensory correspondences (e.g., brightness with high pitch, high pitch with sharpness, smallness with brightness) should emerge regardless of the sensory channel (auditory, visual, or tactile) that is probed. To test this prediction, participants rated a range of auditory, visual, and tactile stimuli on a series of rating scales relating to different dimensions of connotative meaning. With only a few minor exceptions, the same set of cross-sensory correspondences emerged from all types of stimulus variation. This supports the suggestion that cross-sensory correspondences reflect reciprocal interactions between dimensions of connotative meaning, and indicates that Spence’s (2011) theoretical framework might be usefully extended to include semantically-based correspondences.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Perception
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
Faculty of Science and Technology > Mathematics and Statistics
ID Code: 58533
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 19 Sep 2012 12:30
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:11
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58533

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