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Source:2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Active and Passive Movements Give Rise to Different Judgments of Coldness

  1. George H VanDoorn
  2. Barry L Richardson
  3. Dianne B Wuillemin
  4. Mark A Symmons
  1. Bionics and Cognitive Science Centre, School of Humanities Communications and Social Sciences, Monash University, Churchill, VIC 3842, Australia
  1. e-mail: george.vandoorn{at}arts.monash.edu.au


When the right index fingertip of twelve subjects was moved across a cold (15°C) tile by a machine (passive-guided condition), the subjects rated the temperature of the tile as being colder than when they moved the finger across the stimulus themselves (active condition). Results confirmed that active movements were associated with an attenuation of ‘coldness’. When these findings are considered alongside those of earlier experiments (see VanDoorn et al, 2005 Perception 34 231–236), it may be concluded that intentionality of movement plays some role in this attenuation.

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