Previous studies have shown action potentiation during conceptual processing of manipulable objects. In four experiments, we investigated whether these motor actions also play a role in long-term memory. Participants categorized objects that afforded either a power grasp or a precision grasp as natural or artifact by grasping cylinders with either a power grasp or a precision grasp. In all experiments, responses were faster when the affordance of the object was compatible with the type of grasp response. However, subsequent free recall and recognition memory tasks revealed no better memory for object pictures and object names for which the grasp affordance was compatible with the grasp response. The present results therefore do not support the hypothesis that motor actions play a role in long-term memory.

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Acta Psychologica
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Canits, I., Pecher, D., & Zeelenberg, R. (2018). Effects of grasp compatibility on long-term memory for objects. Acta Psychologica, 182, 65–74. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2017.11.009