Reachability does not explain the middle preference: a comment on Bar-Hillel (2015)

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/607127
Title:
Reachability does not explain the middle preference: a comment on Bar-Hillel (2015)
Authors:
Rodway, Paul ( 0000-0002-7667-6782 ) ; Schepman, Astrid ( 0000-0002-7407-362x ) ; Thoma, Volker
Abstract:
Choosing an object from an array of similar objects is a task that people complete frequently throughout their lives (e.g. choosing a can of soup from many cans of soup). Research has also demonstrated that items in the middle of an array or scene are looked at more often and are more likely to be chosen. This middle preference is surprisingly robust and widespread, having been found in a wide range of perceptual-motor tasks. In a recent review of the literature Bar-Hillel (2015) proposes, among other things, that the middle preference is largely explained by the middle item being easier to reach, either physically or mentally. We specifically evaluate Bar-Hillel’s reachability explanation for choice in non-interactive situations in light of evidence showing an effect of item valence on such choices. This leads us to conclude that the center-stage heuristic account is a more plausible explanation of the middle preference.
Affiliation:
University of Chester; University of Chester; University of East London
Citation:
Rodway, P., Schepman, A., & Thoma, V. (2016). Reachability does not explain the middle preference: A comment on Bar-Hillel (2015). i-Perception, March-April, 1-5.
Publisher:
Sage
Journal:
i-Perception
Publication Date:
Mar-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/607127
DOI:
10.1177/2041669516639959
Additional Links:
http://ipe.sagepub.com/content/7/2/2041669516639959.short
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2041-6695
EISSN:
2041-6695
Appears in Collections:
Psychology

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dc.contributor.authorRodway, Paulen
dc.contributor.authorSchepman, Astriden
dc.contributor.authorThoma, Volkeren
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-26T10:27:57Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-26T10:27:57Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03en
dc.identifier.citationRodway, P., Schepman, A., & Thoma, V. (2016). Reachability does not explain the middle preference: A comment on Bar-Hillel (2015). i-Perception, March-April, 1-5.en
dc.identifier.issn2041-6695en
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/2041669516639959en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/607127en
dc.description.abstractChoosing an object from an array of similar objects is a task that people complete frequently throughout their lives (e.g. choosing a can of soup from many cans of soup). Research has also demonstrated that items in the middle of an array or scene are looked at more often and are more likely to be chosen. This middle preference is surprisingly robust and widespread, having been found in a wide range of perceptual-motor tasks. In a recent review of the literature Bar-Hillel (2015) proposes, among other things, that the middle preference is largely explained by the middle item being easier to reach, either physically or mentally. We specifically evaluate Bar-Hillel’s reachability explanation for choice in non-interactive situations in light of evidence showing an effect of item valence on such choices. This leads us to conclude that the center-stage heuristic account is a more plausible explanation of the middle preference.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen
dc.relation.urlhttp://ipe.sagepub.com/content/7/2/2041669516639959.shorten
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectreaching/graspingen
dc.subjectvalenceen
dc.subjectmiddle biasen
dc.subjectreachabilityen
dc.subjectedge aversionen
dc.subjectcenter-stageen
dc.subjectlocationen
dc.subjectchoiceen
dc.titleReachability does not explain the middle preference: a comment on Bar-Hillel (2015)en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn2041-6695en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; University of Chester; University of East Londonen
dc.identifier.journali-Perceptionen
dc.date.accepted2016-02-22en
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rioxxterms.identifier.projectunfundeden
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-04-26en
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