Manipulability agreement as a predictor of action initiation latency

Behav Res Methods. 2015 Jun;47(2):572-9. doi: 10.3758/s13428-014-0495-6.


In the domain of cognition, an increasing number of researchers are interested in the role of objects' motor affordances in cognitive processing. However, outside of the existing norms on the objects' levels of manipulability (e.g., Magnié, Besson, Poncet, & Dolisi, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 25:521-560,2003), relatively few norms exist that would allow researchers to have good control over objects' motor dimensions. In the present study, we have provided norms on the extent to which participants agreed about the movements typically performed for using specific objects--what we will call manipulability agreement. We showed that manipulability agreement was a good predictor of the times needed to initiate the action associated with the object. This study provides ratings on a new dimension of objects' motor affordances that could be useful to researchers in the domain of visual cognition.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motor Activity
  • Pattern Recognition, Visual
  • Psychomotor Performance*
  • Young Adult