Rodin has it! The role of hands in improving the selectivity of attention

Tatiana Hatukai, Daniel Algom, Martin H. Fischer

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We report a new discovery on the role of hands in guiding attention, using the classic Stroop effect as our assay. We show that the Stroop effect diminishes, hence selective attention improves, when observers hold their chin, emulating Rodin's famous sculpture, “The Thinker.” In two experiments we show that the Rodin posture improves the selectivity of attention as efficiently as holding the hands nearby the visual stimulus (the near-hands effect). Because spatial proximity to the displayed stimulus is neither present nor intended, the presence of the Rodin effect implies that attentional prioritization by the hands is not limited to the space between the hands.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103160
JournalActa Psychologica
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Attention
  • Embodied cognition
  • Rodin posture
  • Stroop-effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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