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A pre-registered, multi-lab non-replication of the Action-sentence Compatibility Effect (ACE)

Morey, Richard D. ORCID:, Kaschak, Michael P., Díez-Álamo, Antonio M., Glenberg, Arthur M., Zwaan, Rolf A., Lakens, Daniël, Ibáñez, Agustín, García, Adolfo, Gianelli, Claudia, Jones, John L., Madden, Julie, Alifano, Florencia, Bergen, Benjamin, Bloxsom, Nicholas G., Bub, Daniel N., Cai, Zhanguang G., Chartier, Christopher R., Chatterjee, Anjan, Conwell, Erin, Cook, Susan Wagner, Davis, Joshua D., Evers, Ellen, Girard, Sandrine, Harter, Derek, Hartung, Franziska, Herrera, Eduar, Huettig, Falk, Humphries, Stacey, Juanchich, Marie, Kühne, Katharina, Lu, Shulan, Lynes, Tom, Masson, Michael E. J., Ostarek, Markus, Pessers, Sebastiaan, Reglin, Rebecca, Steegen, Sara, Thiessen, Erik D., Thomas, Laura E., Trott, Sean, Vandekerckhove, Joachim, Vanpaemel, Wolf, Vlachou, Maria, Williams, Kristina and Ziv-Crispel, Noam 2022. A pre-registered, multi-lab non-replication of the Action-sentence Compatibility Effect (ACE). Psychonomic Bulletin and Review 29 , pp. 613-626. 10.3758/s13423-021-01927-8

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The Action-sentence Compatibility Effect (ACE) is a well-known demonstration of the role of motor activity in the comprehension of language. Participants are asked to make sensibility judgments on sentences by producing movements toward the body or away from the body. The ACE is the finding that movements are faster when the direction of the movement (e.g., toward) matches the direction of the action in the to-be-judged sentence (e.g., Art gave you the pen describes action toward you). We report on a pre-registered, multi-lab replication of one version of the ACE. The results show that none of the 18 labs involved in the study observed a reliable ACE, and that the meta-analytic estimate of the size of the ACE was essentially zero.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Additional Information: This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 1069-9384
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 April 2021
Date of Acceptance: 5 April 2021
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 10:41

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