A pre-registered, multi-lab non-replication of the action-sentence compatibility effect (ACE)

Psychonomic bulletin & review

Psychon Bull Rev. 2021 Nov 9. doi: 10.3758/s13423-021-01927-8. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

The Action-sentence Compatibility Effect (ACE) is a well-known demonstration of the role of motor activity in the comprehension of language. Participants are asked to make sensibility judgments on sentences by producing movements toward the body or away from the body. The ACE is the finding that movements are faster when the direction of the movement (e.g., toward) matches the direction of the action in the to-be-judged sentence (e.g., Art gave you the pen describes action toward you). We report on a pre-registered, multi-lab replication of one version of the ACE. The results show that none of the 18 labs involved in the study observed a reliable ACE, and that the meta-analytic estimate of the size of the ACE was essentially zero.

PMID:34755319 | DOI:10.3758/s13423-021-01927-8

Authors

Richard D Morey
Michael P Kaschak
Antonio M Díez-Álamo
Arthur M Glenberg
Rolf A Zwaan
Daniël Lakens
Agustín Ibáñez
Adolfo García
Claudia Gianelli
John L Jones
Julie Madden
Florencia Alifano
Benjamin Bergen
Nicholas G Bloxsom
Daniel N Bub
Zhenguang G Cai
Christopher R Chartier
Anjan Chatterjee
Erin Conwell
Susan Wagner Cook
Joshua D Davis
Ellen R K Evers
Sandrine Girard
Derek Harter
Franziska Hartung
Eduar Herrera
Falk Huettig
Stacey Humphries
Marie Juanchich
Katharina Kühne
Shulan Lu
Tom Lynes
Michael E J Masson
Markus Ostarek
Sebastiaan Pessers
Rebecca Reglin
Sara Steegen
Erik D Thiessen
Laura E Thomas
Sean Trott
Joachim Vandekerckhove
Wolf Vanpaemel
Maria Vlachou
Kristina Williams
Noam Ziv-Crispel