Cognitive Conflict Is an Example of Action-Grounded Cognition

  •  Sandro Rubichi    
  •  Lucia Riggio    
  •  Elena Gherri    
  •  Roberto Nicoletti    


The aim of the present work was to show that cognitive conflict, an issue that has been widely studied within the
boundaries of the classical cognitive approach, is a clear example of higher order cognition tied to perception
and action. Examples of how the cognitive conflict arising from spatial correspondence tasks is highly grounded
in body attributes and in environmental/situational factors are provided. Spatial performance is strongly
modulated by handedness, prior experience and by social factors. In addition, in two experiments empirical
findings are reported showing that the spatial correspondence effect is a function of the location of the dynamic
event even when target location is in the opposite position. These results point to the notion that spatial
performance is refractory from the intervention of higher order cognition.

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