Memory for objects helps us to determine how we can most effectively and appropriately interact with them. This suggests a tightly coupled interplay between action and background knowledge. Three experiments demonstrate that grasping circumference can be affected by the size of a visual stimulus (Experiment 1), whether that stimulus appears to be graspable (Experiment 2), and the presence of a label that renders that object ungraspable (Experiment 3). The results are taken to inform theories on conceptual representation and the functional distinction that has been drawn between the visual systems for perception and action.

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Keywords Action, Affordances, Concepts, Grasping, Language, Planning, article, cognition, grip strength, human, human experiment, perception, priority journal, visual stimulation, visual system
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Journal Cognition
Taylor, L.J, & Zwaan, R.A. (2010). Grasping spheres, not planets. Cognition, 115(1), 39–45. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2009.11.006