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Do action goals mediate social inhibition of return?

Cole, Geoff G and Skarratt, Paul A and Billing, Rebeccah-Claire (2012) 'Do action goals mediate social inhibition of return?' Psychological Research, 76 (6). pp. 736-746. ISSN 0340-0727

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Social inhibition of return is the phenomenon whereby an individual is slower to reach to locations to which another individual has recently responded. Although this suggests that an observer represents another person's action, little is known about which aspects of the action are encoded. The present work describes a series of three experiments examining whether social inhibition of return represents the endpoint goal of the action, i. e., is 'goal based'. Pairs of participants sat opposite to one another and alternated responses to a cued or non-cued object presented on a table top. Importantly, either the two participants performed the same interaction with the object or a different interaction. Although all our experiments showed social inhibition of return, the size of the effect was not modulated according to whether each participant had the same or different goal. We conclude that although the mechanisms giving rise to social inhibition of return do encode some aspects of a response they do not code for terminal action goals. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Social Behavior; Cooperative Behavior; Goals; Reaction Time; Inhibition, Psychological
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2013 10:58
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:21

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