Facilitation of arm movements by their outcome desirability

Aue, Tatjana; Scherer, Klaus R. (2013). Facilitation of arm movements by their outcome desirability. Social science information, 52(3), pp. 471-485. Sage 10.1177/0539018413483938

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A large body of research suggests arm extension and arm flexion to be indicators of automatically generated withdrawal and approach motivation, respectively. However, such a view has not remained unchallenged. Recent research suggests that the motivational significance of arm movements may be largely context dependent. The aim of this research was to demonstrate that an essential facilitating context factor for arm movements relies on the desirability of their expected outcomes. Participants viewed negative and positive stimulus material (pictures and words) and were asked to concurrently perform either an arm extension or an arm flexion. Arm movements were embedded in a meaningful context, leading to a stimulus size decrease or increase; and thus giving the visual illusion of withdrawing from the stimulus or approaching it. Results show that the significance of arm movements is indeed influenced by the desirability of their respective effects.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Psychological and Behavioral Health

UniBE Contributor:

Aue, Tatjana

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0539-0184

Publisher:

Sage

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Tatjana Aue

Date Deposited:

04 Jul 2018 09:42

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 07:09

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0539018413483938

Uncontrolled Keywords:

arm movements, flexion, extension, emotion, motor responses, appraisal, valence, context

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.118220

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/118220

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