Object-Tool-Actor Interaction: Object Information Drives Intended Action Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Tool use is typically explored via actor-tool interactions. However, the target-object (that which is being acted on) may influence perceived action possibilities and thereby guide action. Three different tool-target-object pairings were tested (Experiment 1). The hammering action demonstrated the greatest sensitivity and therefore subsequently used to further investigate target-object pairings. The hammer was removed as an option and instructions were provided using pictorial (Experiment 2), written (Experiment 3), and both pictorial and written formats (Experiment 4). The designed tool is chosen when available (Experiment 1) and when removed as a choice (i.e., the hammer), participants perform the same action associated with the designed tool (i.e., hammering) regardless of instruction method (Experiments 2, 3, and 4).


  • Gonzalez, Dave A
  • Scharoun, Sara M
  • Cinelli, ME
  • Bryden, PJ
  • Lyons, Jim
  • Roy, Eric A

publication date

  • January 2, 2018