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Good Vibrations: Global Processing Can Increase the Pleasantness of Touch.

Mirams, LR, Poliakoff, E, Zandstra, EH, Hoeksma, M, Thomas, A and El-Deredy, W (2015) Good Vibrations: Global Processing Can Increase the Pleasantness of Touch. QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. pp. 1-32. ISSN 1747-0218

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Visual-tactile carry-over effects of global/local processing (attention to the whole, versus the details) have been reported under active touch conditions. We investigated whether carry-over effects of global/local processing also occur for passive touch and whether global/local processing has differential effects on affective and discriminative aspects of touch. Participants completed two tactile tasks involving pleasantness rating and discrimination of a set of tactile vibrations before and after completing a version of the Navon task that encouraged a focus on the global (n = 30), local (n = 30), or both (n = 30) features of a series of visual stimuli. In line with previous research suggesting a link between global processing and positive emotion, global processing increased pleasantness ratings of high (but not low) frequency tactile vibrations. Local processing did not improve the ability to discriminate between vibrations of different frequencies, however. There was some evidence of a tactile-visual carry-over effect; prior local processing of tactile vibrations reduced global precedence during the Navon task in the control group. We have shown carry-over effects of global versus local processing on passive touch perception. These findings provide further evidence suggesting that a common perceptual mechanism determines processing level across modalities and show for the first time that prior global processing affects the pleasantness of touch.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology on 27 November 2015, available online : http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2015.1120333
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1702 Cognitive Science
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2015 13:10
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 13:44
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/17470218.2015.1120333
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2454
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