Unintentional preparation of motor impulses after incidental perception of need-rewarding objects

Harm Veling*, Henk Aarts

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Abstract

Using a new method, we examined whether incidental perception of need-rewarding (positive) objects unintentionally prepares motor action. Participants who varied in their level of need for water were presented with glasses of water (and control objects) that were accompanied by go and no-go cues that required a response (key-press) or withholding a response. Importantly, if need-rewarding objects unintentionally prepare action, presentation of no-go cues should lead to motor inhibition of these prepared motor impulses. Consistent with this hypothesis, results showed that participants relatively high in need for water (and hence, who perceive water as a rewarding, positive object) were slower to react to a successive action probe after withholding a response during perception of water than during perception of the control object, suggesting motor inhibition of unintentionally prepared motor impulses. We propose that incidental perception of need-rewarding objects unintentionally potentiates preparation of motor action to these objects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1131-1138
Number of pages8
JournalCognition and Emotion
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Evaluation
  • Impulse
  • Inhibition
  • Motor action
  • Reward

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