Cross-modal re-mapping influences the Simon effect

MariaElena Tagliabue, Marco Zorzi, Carlo Umiltà

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Tagliabue, Zorzi, Umiltà and Bassignani (2000) showed that one's practicing of a spatially incompatible task influences performance in a Simon task even when the interval between the two tasks is as long as 1 week. In the present study, three experiments were conducted to investigate whether such an effect could be found in a cross-modal paradigm, whereby stimuli in the two tasks were presented in different modalities. Subjects performed either compatible or incompatible mappings in an acoustic spatial compatibility task and, after an interval of 5 min, 24 h, or 7 days, performed a visual Simon task. Results show that the spatially incompatible mapping task affected performance in the Simon task: The Simon effect was absent for all three intervals. This pattern is similar to the results of the Tagliabue et al. study, in which both tasks were performed in the same (visual) modality. Our findings disprove possible explanations based on episodic/contextual effects and support the hypothesis of a long-lasting spatial remapping that is not modality specific.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-23
Number of pages6
JournalMemory & Cognition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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